Graham Potter feeling the pressure under fan criticism
Graham Potter is feeling pressure as the criticism from Chelsea fans continues to mount, especially after the recent home defeat to bottom-placed Southampton.
Chelsea are currently showing signs of weakness, having lost 0-1 at Stamford Bridge to bottom-placed Southampton over the weekend, and are now languishing in 10th place in the Premier League table. The gap between Chelsea and 4th-placed Tottenham is now 10 points, making it difficult for The Blues to break into the Top 4.
Chelsea fans are extremely disappointed with head coach Graham Potter, who was appointed as the manager of The Blues in early September last year. Despite spending over £500 million to acquire players in the transfer market, Chelsea are now weaker and have fallen into crisis.
Many Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge last weekend protested and expressed their opposition towards Potter. This has made the Chelsea head coach feel worried, even though the team’s management still expressed their trust in him.
“I am not stupid or naive,” he said. “My job is to keep going and keep helping and supporting the team and take that criticism.”
When asked about the possibility of tactical changes so that Chelsea can be in better form, Potter said: “You can only be yourself and try your best while being yourself.
“I get it that when you are losing that there’s always something you should do or change. I have always been this way and it has gotten me to this point but, at the same time, I know people want something different.”
Most of the criticism from Chelsea fans is directed at Potter, but the players, former owner Roman Abramovich, and the current owner may also bear some responsibility for a club that is failing to meet expectations.
Potter explained that he was trying to help the team stop the decline and rise. “There is transition and there’s factors but, at the same time, when the team is losing and we’ve had the results we’ve had then you can also understand it,” he said.
“We’ve invested in some young players, if you look at Enzo [Fernandez], [Noni] Madueke and [Mykhailo] Mudryk, they haven’t played that many games. They are learning to play in the Premier League.
“We’re managing quite an unprecedented injury list — so you have to manage that in the Premier League. All that is true but, unfortunately when you lose, it is not what people want to hear.
“I know my quality and I know what I have done in my career but I also understand than when results don’t go your way that you are open to criticism and that’s fair.
“It is not acceptable to lose 1-0 at home here and any criticism I get is now fair.”
Chelsea is now preparing for an away match against city rivals Tottenham on Sunday, with questions about Potter’s future being raised.
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