Potter is holding back as Chelsea boss Boehly stands by his man for now
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Graham Potter is optimistic Todd Boehly won’t prove as trigger-happy as Roman Abramovich as Chelsea fight to save his season.
With just one win in their last eight Premier League games, the Blues have slipped into mid-table, now 10 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
Hopes of reaching Champions League qualifying spots are fading while Manchester City have already knocked them out of the EFL Cup, beat them in the league and could repeat the treatment in the FA Cup third round at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Chelsea have yet to look forward to a Champions League round of 16 match against Borussia Dortmund, but overcoming the current crisis is paramount, especially for Potter’s future as head coach.
He was sidelined by Brighton and Hove Albion in September after owner Boehly ditched Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel in a move that echoed the ruthlessness of the Abramovich era.
However, Chelsea have been busy in the transfer market, a sign they are willing to invest heavily to get results, with Potter being the man to blame for the wins.
He is surprised to be under intense scrutiny and says it was “perhaps different for me for some reason” as he pointed out Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp needed time to develop their teams at City , Arsenal and Liverpool.
These 10 sides have won more Premier League points than Chelsea (15) since Graham Potter’s first game in the competition as boss of the Blues on October 1. pic.twitter.com/HnXJGEWUvw
— Opta Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) January 6, 2023
Potter now compared Chelsea to the 19 years when Abramovich was in charge, saying: “There’s a completely different ownership than there was before.
“It’s also difficult for people to understand because Chelsea was one thing for 20 years and now it’s suddenly different.
“But they still think back to what happened 20 years ago. The reason I took the job was that you can help shape a club that is going through a period of massive upheaval.”
Potter said Chelsea offered “fantastic” support and quipped that billionaire Boehly was “smarter than me, that’s for sure”.
“They understand the challenges we have and the direction we want to go. I’ve been here for four months and five, six weeks of that have been lost to international football,” he added.
“I think Pep was there for a year before they won anything. And then Mikel and Jürgen obviously took their time. But obviously, for some reason, maybe it’s different for me.”
Potter explained that he sometimes shows anger and stressed that he wasn’t a “robot,” while jokingly calling some reporters’ questions “stupid.”
Addressing these reporters, Potter added, “There will always be people who doubt. There will be people in here who will doubt, that’s for sure. But I’m certainly not here to convince anyone. I’m here to do my job. And if that convinces, then that’s fine too.
“I’m more confident now that we can achieve things than I was when I started the job because I understand the club and the players and I understand what’s needed. But obviously with Chelsea’s past and the change in leadership you can see why the questions are there.
4 – Manchester City are only the second team, after Bolton Wanderers in 1958-60, to win four consecutive encounters with Chelsea in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in each of them. pic.twitter.com/eef6Fq71lh
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 5, 2023
When asked if he realized he was under pressure, Potter said, “I don’t know, I don’t read newspapers, I stay off social media.”
However, he knows that flak is flying around and that some will never see the nuance.
“We had a massive transition,” Potter said. “Injury issues don’t make it easy to stay stable. But it’s kind of blah, blah, blah. You know people want results, and [they would say] ‘Shut up Graham, what are you talking about, we have to win’.”