Graham Potter admits pressure on his job is mounting

‘I accept it… the results are not good enough for this club’: Graham Potter admits pressure on his job is mounting after Chelsea slumped to a third straight loss after London derby at Tottenham – but vows to turn things around

  • Graham Potter admitted Chelsea are having a ‘tough time’ during a bad run
  • Chelsea lost 2-0 to their London rivals Tottenham in another poor performance
  • Potter insisted that ‘the players gave everything’ despite the derby defeat

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has accepted the pressure on his position is intensifying following his team’s latest defeat.

The Blues slumped to their third successive loss against Tottenham courtesy of two second half goals from Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane.

Chelsea’s American owners have continued to support their manager despite the team’s awful run of just two wins in 15 matches, which has led to sections of the fanbase turning on their boss.

And asked whether he acknowledged that backing from the boardroom will wane given the current negativity, Potter responded: ‘There is always that question, absolutely, and you can’t stop the questions. While results are what they are, I accept it. It’s part of the job.

‘We were talking before the game about watching the Arsenal All or Nothing and two years into Mikel [Arteta’s] reign he is close to getting the sack and people want him out.

Chelsea lost 2-0 to rivals Tottenham as Graham Potter said the club are having a ‘tough time’

Chelsea were again below their best as two second-half goals earned Spurs the three points

‘It was seen as a disaster but things have now changed a bit. If you look at Jurgen [Klopp’s] situation, they haven’t got the results and all of a sudden people want him out.

‘That is the nature of football. I haven’t done enough at this club to have too much good faith; I also accept that.

‘My job isn’t to worry about that too much. I understand the question and where it comes from, but I have to try to focus on keeping on helping the team and supporting the players. I really like these players, they’re good lads.

‘They want to do better and want to win. But at the moment we’re suffering and that is my responsibility.

‘The results are not good enough for this club we’re not happy with them. We want to try and improve it. I thought the players gave everything today, I’ve got no issues with them.

‘If results aren’t good enough you can’t rely on support for ever. The players are giving everything, they’re hurting. It’s a tough time for us.’

Potter made six changes for the team that started last week’s loss to Southampton, and the head coach explained: ‘The fact there was a third game in a week [after Dortmund] made it difficult to keep picking the same XI.

‘We played in Dortmund on a Wednesday, returned at 4am, then played a Premier League game on a Saturday. There was one change to the Dortmund game today, which was Raheem [Sterling] in for Misha [Mykhailo Mudryk].

‘Ruben Loftus-Cheek, for example, Thiago Silva and Reece James were unable to play against Southampton. That is just where we’re at.

Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane scored for the Antonio Conte-less Spurs as they secured the win  

‘I’ve tried to explain many times about long-term injuries, players are just not able to play three games in a week [after them]. I have a duty of care to them, and to their welfare, to make sure they’re not on the pitch and risking injury. If Reece James, god forbid, injures himself because of an overload issue because he hasn’t had time to recover or play three games in a week, that is on me.’

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Antonio Conte, who missed this game as he recovers from gallbladder surgery in Italy, is set to return to England this week.

His assistant Cristian Stellini who is in control of the team in his absence added: ‘Antonio called immediately, straight after the game.

‘He was really happy because he has suffered a lot, but now is the week Antonio is back so we are happy for the win.’

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