According to Graham Potter, the task of managing Chelsea was “too tremendous to turn down.”
Following the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel by the Blues, Potter, 47, departed Brighton to take over at Stamford Bridge.
On Wednesday, he will take command of Red Bull Salzburg in a group stage Champions League match at home.
Potter, who just committed to the Blues on a five-year contract, said: “You have to look at the heritage, the quality, the magnitude, and the ambition of the club here.
Compared to the obstacle I had in Brighton, this one is quite different.
“I had three amazing years there, but I’m grateful to the proprietors here for having faith in me,” the speaker said.
He continued: “My major responsibility is to assist the men that are here, help them progress, and put a team on the field that the fans are proud of,” stated Potter.
“We want to develop our own group and brand so that it may be recognized. Every day, we’ll battle for it.
Chelsea fired Tuchel the day after losing to Dinamo Zagreb in their first Champions League group encounter; they now play a Red Bull Salzburg team that drew with AC Milan in Group E’s first game.
When asked whether he had ever been to a Champions League match, Potter said, “Off the top of my head, I don’t believe I have – but it’s a good moment for me to go into the dugout.
“I’ve only had supporter-level encounters with the Champions League.
“But certainly, I’ve played in the Europa League with Ostersund, won at Galatasaray, and advancing through the group stage.
“Anywhere we start, it’s going to be great, so why not start here? It would be a great beginning.
On the same day that Queen Elizabeth II’s passing was announced, Potter was appointed, one day after Tuchel left.
Chelsea’s game against Fulham was postponed last Saturday because play was suspended as a gesture of respect in the wake of the Queen’s passing.
Red Bull Salzburg’s home game is on, but Liverpool’s Premier League match on Sunday has been postponed “due to activities surrounding the Queen’s burial” on Monday, September 19.
After this weekend’s games, there will be an international break, therefore Potter’s first match in the top division will be against Crystal Palace on Saturday, October 1.
Regarding his hiring, Potter remarked, “We had to make a choice swiftly. “There were several conversations, and they were extremely heated.
“On a personal level, I had a wonderful feeling for the proprietors. They are wonderful individuals. persons who are very bright and have a clear sense of their goals.
“That was great because they’ve considered long-term and have a strategy.
“The task was too much to refuse. It seemed appropriate to me.
“I’ll always be grateful and appreciative to Brighton & Hove Albion, but this is an incredible football club and an incredible challenge for us,” said the player.