The former captain of Napoli joined the Blues in the summer and was heralded as Antonio Rudiger’s perfect successor.
Koulibaly’s expertise was welcomed by Thomas Tuchel, but the 31-year-old has found acclimating to the Premier League to be everything but simple.
Koulibaly, who was benched for Potter’s inaugural match in charge against RB Salzburg earlier this month, has had his plans further complicated by the collapse of the German and his subsequent dismissal.
Cesar Azpilicueta, the club captain, was chosen by Potter to play a new defensive centre position, while Marc Cucurella, a player he trained at Brighton, was chosen to play left back.
Koulibaly believes he comprehends Potter’s choice and is pleased with the early achievements of Tuchel’s replacement.
The new coach came with some nice ideas, he told Le Quotidien. He is a genuine coach. He made several beneficial decisions for Brighton. He is now Chelsea’s manager.
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He follows rules and has expectations. It’s up to me to exercise patience, to prove that I deserve to play, and to demonstrate throughout practise that the coach can put his faith in me.
“In contrast to this, there will be no issue.” Since we are still in the early going, the coach will likely turn to players who are accustomed to playing for Chelsea and have been there for a very long period.
“There won’t be any issues, I’ll play again when I’m at 100%.”
Despite having a less than stellar start to his English career, Koulibaly believes he has no regrets about joining Chelsea and that the choice to sign with them was an easy one once he learnt of their interest.
You know, it’s a life decision, he said. I desired to switch clubs. I thought I had given Napoli everything. I reached a moment in my life when I wanted to make changes, push myself, and take on fresh challenges.
Chelsea came, and I made my decision quickly. They are among the top five clubs in the world, have a distinguished past, and are a group of winners.
When they contacted, I responded positively right away because I thought it was nice that I was a Premier League player. Before coming to Italy, where I grew up, matured, and gave birth to my children, I played in France and Belgium.
As a result, I’ll always be grateful to them for everything they offered me. I believed it was now time to learn something new.
“It was a really positive thing for me to sign with Chelsea.” Being there makes me extremely happy. I had to relocate to London for eight years, so at first it was a little challenging. It’s a challenge that’s pretty difficult.