Bruno Saltor talks Potter sacking, Chelsea and managing

Chelsea caretaker boss Bruno Saltor spoke to the media ahead of the club’s Premier League game with Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Spanish coach has been hired on an interim basis as the Premier League club look to replace the recently departed Graham Potter.

Potter was sacked with Chelsea 11th in the Premier League after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Unai Emery’s Aston Villa.

The London club are 12 points off the top four with 10 games of the season remaining, beginning with Tuesday’s match at home to Liverpool.

Former Brighton right-back Saltor said he had spoken with Potter and the club’s owners and that they are “really supportive”.

On the sacking of Graham Potter

“It’s a sad day for everyone. Graham and [assistant] Billy [Reid] are top coaches and top human beings. Graham did an amazing job. Football is a really complex business and we have to keep going.”

On the players’ reaction

“I have not seen the players yet. We have a session this afternoon but they will be sad as well. They will take responsibility as they have done since day one and I expect them to be supportive to us.”

On managing the team

“It’s a massive challenge but I have been in football for 24 years. I have got a lot of experience in changing rooms and I’ll try to guide players as I have been in these situations before.”

It remains to be seen if interim coach Saltor will be in charge for next week’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid or if Chelsea owner Todd Boehly will appoint a new head coach in the coming days.

Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann looks to be the current favourite for the role at Stamford Bridge, as reported by Relevo in Spain.

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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