Thomas Tuchel’s tenure as Chelsea manager came to an end with last week’s defeat; in his place, Potter was hired from Brighton and given minimal allowable margin of freedom to tweak already established settings in the team.
In his first Champions League match as a manager, Potter had added Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella to the starting lineup, joining captain Cesar Azpilicueta in a back three, as part of his three substitutions from the previous game. Jorginho also added to the lineup in midfield as well.
However, this tweak in formation wasn’t enough, as the Chelsea manager was forced to share a point with FC Salzburg in a thrilling 1-1 draw on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, giving the London team just one point from their first two Champions League games.
Raheem Sterling appeared to have given Potter a victory when he curled a shot from a Mason Mount cross past Philipp Kohn in the 48th minute.
However, the visitors came back 27 minutes later when Okafor took advantage of sloppy defending to steer a low shot beyond Kepa and send the Austrian Bundesliga’s boisterous fans into a frenzy.
The result leaves Chelsea bottom of Group E after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their opener last week.
“We’re disappointed with the result,” Potter speaking to BT Sport. “I thought the boys gave everything. We scored a good goal, but lost a bit in the second half but their goalkeeper has made some good saves.
“It has not been easy for the boys, they have responded to us really well over the last few days and it’s a point we will have to take and get better. The attitude has been fantastic, no complaints apart from the fact we have not taken three points.”
Now, Chelsea will be under pressure going into a double-header next up against group leaders AC Milan, after earning a single point from two games already played.