Raheem Sterling aims dig at Graham Potter after Chelsea beat Luton

Raheem Sterling aimed a thinly-veiled dig at former manager Graham Potter after is man of the match performance in Chelsea’s win over Luton Town.

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Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Friday night – the first victory of the Mauricio Pochettino era.

Sterling scored two great goals either side of the break before setting summer signing Nicolas Jackson up for his first Blues goal.

The England star was deservedly named player of the match, with a display reminiscent of his best days with Manchester City – something that has scarce been seen since he moved to Stamford Bridge last summer.

This can perhaps be attributed to Potter who often played the forward out of position and in deeper roles during his disastrous few months in charge.

But under Pochettino, Sterling looks reborn and he was keen to stress the impact his new boss has had in that, as well as the importance of playing in the right way.

‘I was happy, obviously I think we started half decent against Liverpool and then with the loss last week [against West Ham] we needed to get a win here, I’m just happy to contribute with that, the 28-year-old told Sky Sports post-match.

‘We had a simple conservation and he [Pochettino] said, “Raheem it doesn’t matter where you play – as long as you apply it, are dynamic, then no-one can stop you, just be aggressive with the ball”. I’ve got the desire and hunger to do that.

‘A lot has happened in my career. I came into a new challenge and it was difficult. My head could be a bit blurry – sometimes you need to have a clear vision to see what you want.

‘My love for football is too strong for it to fizzle out and I want to make sure I’m maintaining those standards.’

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