Mind Games? Graham Potter Takes A Swipe At Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel
Current Chelsea manager Graham Potter has made an indirect criticism of former Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel, suggesting that the Blues experienced their “worst pre-season” during the summer of 2022. The London club traveled to the United States for their pre-season preparations.
Chelsea made a managerial change early in the current campaign, and have since struggled to find consistency in their performances, with a lack of spark still evident.
Chelsea traveled to the United States as part of their preparations for the 2022/2023 Premier League season. However, a poor start to the campaign led to the departure of Thomas Tuchel, who had guided the club to Champions League success the previous season.
Graham Potter was subsequently appointed as the new head coach at Stamford Bridge but has also struggled to find consistent form, leading to speculation about his future.
Potter has hinted that he is still dealing with the aftermath of the previous regime, implying that Tuchel and his team may have left a challenging situation for him to inherit.
When asked about his current situation, Graham Potter acknowledged the difficulties he has faced at Chelsea, with just nine wins in 25 games as head coach.
He revealed that he has spoken to some of the more experienced players at the club, who claimed that the team’s pre-season in 2022 was the worst they had experienced. According to Potter, the organization of the pre-season tour did not work as well as expected, although he was not present at the time.
Despite making progress in some areas, Potter admitted that the team’s performance in the first half of a recent game against Southampton was below par. He suggested that these were inconvenient facts but that they reflect the current situation at the club, which he described as one of the toughest jobs in football.
Graham Potter and his highly-priced Chelsea squad have been failing to meet expectations this season, leading to a growing sense of disappointment among the club’s loyal supporters. While aware of the criticism, the manager acknowledged that ultimately it is the team’s results on the pitch that will determine their success.
Speaking to reporters, Potter said: “The solution is that we have to win football matches. Results haven’t been good enough, 1-0 defeat to Southampton isn’t good enough, they are entitled to be angry.” Despite the difficulties, the Chelsea boss remains determined to turn things around and restore the club’s reputation.
After a difficult start to his tenure at Chelsea, Graham Potter has emphasized that he has received support from the club’s board despite being under pressure for four months.
The coach is starting to adapt to the high-pressure environment of managing a top club, with a crucial London derby against Tottenham looming large on the horizon for the Blues. While the team has faced criticism from fans, Potter is determined to turn their fortunes around and secure positive results on the pitch.