Chelsea are determined to ‘stand by’ Graham Potter despite the latest in a disastrous run of results.
It has been a thoroughly underwhelming season for Chelsea who currently sit 10th in the Premier League, 14 points off the top four and only 10 above the relegation zone.
Aside from their league form, they were knocked out of both domestic cup competitions at the third round stage (both to Manchester City), and are currently trailing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 clash following their first-leg loss in Germany.
The loss to Spurs at the weekend means Chelsea have picked up just two wins in their last 15 matches, with goalscoring clearly the biggest issue for Graham Potter’s side.
The Blues have scored just one in their last six games – the 1-1 draw at West Ham – and have only netted six times in their last 15, the joint lowest in the Premier League in that time.
Graham Potter has picked up just 21 points in 18 league games (1.17 points per match) since taking over from Thomas Tuchel in September, the German having been sacked after picking up 10 points from six (1.66 points per match).
Given his record, Potter has unsurprisingly come under increasing pressure from the fans, though according to The Athletic, Chelsea’s owners are continuing to ‘stand by’ the man that they appointed less than six months ago.
They say that it has been ‘business as usual’ at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, with the owners having no plans to sack the 47-year-old and ‘will continue to give him time to turn things around’.
Following the loss to Spurs, Potter said admitted he hasn’t done enough to have ‘too much good faith’: “While results are what they are, I accept it, it’s part of the job,” he said.
“We were talking before the game about watching the Arsenal All or Nothing [documentary] and two years into Mikel [Arteta’s] reign he is close to getting the sack and people want him out. It was seen as a disaster but things have now changed a bit. If you look at Jürgen [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 have to try to focus on helping the team and supporting the players. They want to do better and want to win. But at the moment we’re suffering and that is my responsibility.”
Chelsea face Leeds on Saturday before the second leg of their Champions League clash.
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