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Graham Potter explains why he deserves patience at Chelsea

Graham Potter explains why he deserves patience at Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Graham Potter has hit back at the critics who were already calling for his head, pointing to the time it took Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta to find success at Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Potter was poached from Brighton following the shock sacking of Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge in September. He found early success in the Champions League group stage but Chelsea have had a difficult period of late, winning just two of their last six games.

That poor run included three consecutive defeats before the World Cup break.

The surface optics are poor considering the Blues spent a world record £278m in a single transfer window over the summer and still sit 10th in the Premier League. They also face the difficult task of progressing in the FA Cup as they face Manchester City who they lost to just a few days ago.

But with so many changes in recent months, both on and off the pitch, Chelsea is a rebuilding job and Potter seems confident the hierarchy will be patient enough to see some fruit.

“The owners are billionaires, so they’re pretty smart. Smarter than me, that’s for sure. So you understand the challenges we have and the direction we want to go in,” he said.

“I’ve been here for four months and five or six weeks of that have been lost to international football.

“I think Pep did it [at Manchester City] a year before they won anything, and then Mikel and Jürgen obviously took some time. But obviously, for some reason, maybe it’s different for me. But I don’t set a time frame. I know the responsibility we have here.”

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Potter got the job at Chelsea based on his record at Brighton and as such still has a lot of confidence in his own abilities to make him successful when the time comes.

“I know I’m capable and I know the quality I have and I certainly have the full support of the owners, the players and the staff here. There’s nothing you can do, but I’m certainly not here to convince anyone. I’m here to do my job and if that’s convincing then that’s fine.”

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