Under-fire As Chelsea’s dreadful run continues, manager Graham Potter has compared his situation to that of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
The Blues are currently on a poor run of form, having lost six of their last nine games in all competitions, a run that was extended in midweek with a 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The humiliating defeat at the Etihad Stadium increased the pressure, with fans chanting former manager Thomas Tuchel’s name.
Speaking about his current predicament, Potter has suggested that he is not the first Premier League manager to face pressure during his first season at a club – his counterparts at Manchester City, for example.
“You have to understand it’s part of the job,” he said at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s match against Fulham on Thursday. Look at my colleagues in a similar position: Pep was chastised in his first season, as was Mikel [Arteta] and Jurgen Klopp in their early seasons.
“Football is an emotional sport, and when you lose, you feel it: the pain, the discomfort. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand why, and it’s easier to point fingers. I’m not saying I’ve always been perfect, but it’s always been difficult.
“You try to put it in context and remember that I am capable. The results have not been satisfactory for us, and you must respect and accept this.”