Graham Potter has singled out the ‘fantastic’ Lewis Hall – despite the fact his side crashed out the Carabao Cup to Man City
18-year-old Hall was brought into the Blues for just his second senior start on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.
While second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez took the reigning Premier League Champions through to the next round – Hall showed that he was Chelsea’s best performer on the night.
Reacting to Hall’s performance, Potter told Sky Sports: “Lewis Hall did brilliantly. Fantastic performance. Great quality great effort. You can see he can take the ball, He took responsibility.
‘Putting the ball in the net is the hardest thing and that’s all he didn’t do today but everything he did do was fantastic.’
Despite early elimination from the EFL Cup, Potter was upbeat over his side’s performance.
‘[There was] a lot to like’ he said. ‘We created some big chances and attacked well. We weren’t perfect, but did a lot right in the game.
‘It was a pleasing performance, a step forward in terms of how we want to play. I’m disappointed with the result but happy with the performance.
‘We had some big chances. You won’t get many bigger ones here. We had big courage and personality to try to play out.
“It is not easy here. The boys showed quality and courage. I liked a lot of what we did today.’