Potter told Chelsea are still not good enough for top four despite run

Graham Potter reviews Chelsea's win against Salzburg

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Chelsea still must improve if they are to finish in the Premier League top four this season, claims Jason Cundy. The former Blues defender still doesn’t think his old side are at their top level despite their unbeaten run under Graham Potter.

Chelsea beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday to confirm progression to the last-16 and top spot in Group E. Potter is yet to lose in his nine games in charge since replacing the sacked Thomas Tuchel.

The west Londoners sit fifth in the Premier League, just five points adrift of Manchester City in second. But despite acknowledging some improvement, Cundy still feels Chelsea need to produce more to ensure they qualify for the Champions League again next season.

Cundy told talkSPORT: “I’m seeing a definite upturn. Still not at the very level that I think we need to be.

“I think we’re off it a little bit still. We’re doing much better, Potter’s done a brilliant job, but there’s still more to come from this side.

“I feel there has to be if we’re going to get top four. Because right now we’re at about a seven [out of 10] and there’s more to come.

“Credit to Potter, because he’s come in and hasn’t been beaten yet. But the first 20 minutes, 30 minutes against Manchester United, we got played off the park.”

Chelsea should have beaten Salzburg more comfortably than by a one-goal margin. But Potter was happy with what he saw from his players in Austria.

He said: “That was a fantastic performance from the players. It took real courage as you could feel the atmosphere.

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“It was so intense. We controlled their pressure well. It’s not easy to win here as you can see from the record they have. We had to play well. We were a bit disappointed to only be one goal up at half-time. One mistake and action resulted in a goal, and that can happen at this level.

“Our response was really good. I’m delighted to go through with a game to spare considering where we started the competition.

“It’s not easy to create chances because defensively they are intense and aggressive. We did, from some good play, so credit to the boys.

“We’ve had a lot of games and some disruption in terms of players missing, but we’ve responded really well. It’s not going to be a straight road, but we will take steps. Tonight was one of them.”

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