Jamie Carragher explains how Graham Potter has created time to succeed at Chelsea

“That buys him time, the next draw is the quarter-finals of the Champions League and once you get to that stage you’re almost at the end of the season, it’d be ridiculous to change it.”

That said, earning a spot in next season’s Champions League is usually seen as the minimum requirement for most of the top clubs.

Chelsea currently sit tenth in the Premier League, 11 points off fourth with 13 matches left to play.

It’s unlikely they will regain enough ground to clinch a top-four finish therefore, meaning winning the Champions League outright is their only real avenue back into the competition – a scenario Carragher wouldn’t entirely rule out.

Even so, the former England defender feels it’s unlikely that Potter will do enough between now and May to show he has the club pointing far enough in the right direction to warrant still being in the dugout come August.

“They’re not going to make the top four but that could be the way they make it [into Europe]. It’s the only way they are going to make it, winning the Champions League.

“And they have got great pedigree, you think of the atmospheres, the run they had under Thomas Tuchel, the history they’ve got in European competition. They can use that.


“It cements him until the end of the season but whether he’s there at the start of next season or not, I still don’t think he will be.”

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