In the Chelsea manager’s first game, Englishman Graham Potter, ex-Brighton, who recently took over from renowned Thomas Tuchel, made his debut with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, against Salzburg , which, in turn, repeats the equality achieved in the first round, at home, against Milan.
Facing a very disciplined, rigorous and well-organized Austrian team, the English struggled to reach the goal, and throughout the first half they could not hide the haste and anxiety of the goal, an emotional state that did not help them to discern better.
The second leg got off to an ideal start for the Londoners, with Mount picking up a cross from the right and the visiting centrals failing to approach the throw, an error used by Sterling to, completely free on the left, make it 1-0 .
Disadvantaged, the visiting team reacted and after a nice collective movement, unhooking Adamu on the right – with Thiago Silva without speed to join the Austrian -, which helped Okafor, faster than Azpilicueta, to repair for the draw .
The English played with a lot of heart but little reason – like, for example, the yellow card that Reece James saw, at 79 ‘for having contented himself, unnecessarily, with an opponent – but, despite everything, they almost saw the attitude and the performance being rewarded, twice: in the first Kohn, the Swiss leader from Salzburg shone by repelling Zyiech 2-1 (83 ‘) and already in added time (90 ‘+2), Armando Broja, in an excellent position, pulled towards the clouds.