Liverpool hold Chelsea in Bruno’s first game in charge

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  • Post published:April 4, 2023

Chelsea failed to make the most of their chances after they were held to a goalless draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in Bruno Saltor’s first game in charge on Tuesday evening.

Potter was fired on Sunday after a dreadful home loss to Aston Villa culminated the former Brighton manager’s disastrous tenure.

Chelsea are searching for their third permanent manager of the season, having hired Potter in September after the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel.

In the interim, a member of Potter’s backroom staff, Bruno Saltor, made his managerial debut as Chelsea’s interim manager.

As was so often the case under Potter, Bruno was able to coax a lively performance from Chelsea, but they paid the price for a lack of cutting edge.

Despite the massive investment in new signings made by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly since he took over last year, Chelsea’s future remains uncertain.

Liverpool’s dwindling hopes of finishing in the top four were severely hampered by their third consecutive league match without a victory.

Eighth-placed Liverpool trails Tottenham by seven points in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Chelsea and Liverpool finished in the top four and met in the FA Cup and League Cup finals last season, but they are currently mired in the middle of the table amid turbulent campaigns.

In response to Saturday’s dismal 4-1 loss to Manchester City, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made six substitutions, including dropping Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Mateo Kovacic’s shot was blocked on the goal line by Ibrahima Konate after Chelsea had the better start of the two troubled teams.

Reece James had a goal disallowed for offside against Enzo Fernandez, while Wesley Fofana came close to scoring with a header.

As with the other Tuesday Premier League matches, there was a first-half break at Stamford Bridge to allow Muslim players to break their Ramadan fast.

Upon the resumption of play, N’Golo Kante’s pass gave Chelsea’s Kai Havertz a golden opportunity, which he squandered.