Breaking The Formation: Inside Chelsea’s Decision To Stick With Potter Despite Defeat
After their loss to Southampton on Saturday, rumors state that the Chelsea management is still standing by Graham Potter.
The Blues, who have won just once in their previous ten games, put on another subpar performance at Stamford Bridge as Southampton, who are currently last in the Premier League, won 1-0 thanks to a free kick from James Ward-Prowse.
Chelsea is currently in 10th place in the Premier League, one point behind Newcastle United in fourth.
At the end of the game, Chelsea was booed off the field as groups of supporters expressed their displeasure with the team’s recent performances.
Despite the setback, The Telegraph’s Matt Law says that Chelsea’s board is still behind Potter to turn things around, thus there has been no change in Chelsea’s position.
After losing to Borussia Dortmund earlier this week in the UEFA Champions League, Potter called Chelsea’s performance against Southampton “a step back.”
“Any criticism you receive after a 1-0 home loss is understandable,” the Chelsea manager remarked.
“We’ve faced many difficulties, in my opinion, in integrating young players into the Premier League at this difficult time. It can be difficult when outcomes don’t go your way, but that is just how it is.”
“There will undoubtedly be some who believe that I am the issue. Although I don’t believe they are correct, I am not conceited enough to claim that their viewpoint is unworthy of expression.”
“We had to make some adjustments today, and the fact is that we underperformed in the first half. My duty is to support the team and keep working through team time. Although the second half’s response was positive, it wasn’t sufficient,” Potter added.