Montoya enjoying a new system under Potter

Martin Montoya is enjoying life in a new style of play under Graham Potter, and highlighted the importance of taking this confident approach for the match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today.

By James Hilsum • 28 September 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya being interviewed by the media.

The Spaniard feels the side should have more rewards so far this term for their efforts and believes their current style of play can cause the Blues problems.

He said, “We could be higher up in the table because we have played very well in a number of games this season and played good football. We created many chances, but we have been unlucky in front of goal.

“I feel very good in this system, and I believe I can go forward more as well as track back. This system is very good, I am enjoying it and we have many chances to win the games with a lot more of the ball.

“On Saturday we will be facing a very big club, but we can go into this game without fear because we are playing very well.

“We did so against Man City even though we lost 4-0, as we pressed higher against them, we believe we can win against every team.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Cesar Azpilicueta in action against Albion last season.

The full-back will be coming up against a couple of familiar faces in Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta, and praised the latter for leadership qualities he’s shown in west London.

“Pedro is my friend, as I speak with him many times and I played with him many times at Barcelona. He’s a very good friend of mine and is doing well at Chelsea.

“I played with Cesar for the under-21s with Spain, and I can see that he’s a very good right-back that’s improving every day who is now the captain of the side.

“That’s very important for him and even when I played with him in Spain, he was always speaking like a leader and it’s for this reason that he’s Chelsea captain.”


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Highlights: Albion 1 Aston Villa 3

Montoya also reflected on Albion’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Aston Villa on Wednesday night, and feels that the under-23 players will take plenty from playing against an experienced Villa side.

“I was watching the game at the Amex, and I thought the under-23 players did very well in the game. We lost 1-3, but there are a lot of positives to take from the match. 

“It was a game for them to enjoy, and it was the first game for a lot of them at the Amex. I am sure they enjoyed it and it’s good for the under-23s to come in and help us.

“Someone like Steve [Alzate] is doing very well and played a very good game against Newcastle. He’s training perfectly every day, and is learning very quickly."