Graham Potter says his Chelsea players have given a “great effort” after bouncing back from a loss in their first game to top their group with one game remaining and go to the round of 16 in the Champions League.
Red Bull Salzburg’s 40-game home winning streak was broken by two outstanding goals from Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz. As a result, the Blues joined Premier League rivals Manchester City in the knockout round.
Chelsea cannot be overtaken at the top of Group E after Dinamo Zagreb was defeated at home by AC Milan 4-0 later on Tuesday.
The club fired manager Thomas Tuchel the day after the Blues’ 1-0 loss to Zagreb in Croatia to open their European campaign on September 6.
Since then, they have reacted with three victories and a tie, all under Potter.
They have gained ground in the Premier League, and Potter praised everyone for their outstanding work in helping their team advance to the next round of the Champions League.
“We will take action, but the path ahead won’t be easy. But we’ll make progress; I believe the first step was tonight.”