‘Everyone at the club is suffering’: Graham Potter admits it’s difficult to find a glimmer of light amidst the darkness of Chelsea’s slump – after the Blues suffered their seventh defeat in ten games at Fulham
- Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Thursday was their seventh loss in ten games
- Injuries are piling up and new signing Joao Felix is suspended for the next three games
- Just four months after his arrival from Brighton, the pressure is building on Potter
Graham Potter admits it’s hard to find a glimmer of light amid the gloom of Chelsea’s midwinter slump.
Potter’s Blues tumbled to their seventh defeat in 10 games in Fulham on Thursday, a result that puts them 19 points clear of Premier League leaders Arsenal, with hopes of a top-four finish quickly dwindling.
Injuries are piling up and expensive loan signing Joao Felix is suspended for the next three games after a red card on his debut.
Graham Potter admits it’s hard to find a glimmer of light amid the gloom of Chelsea’s midwinter slump
Potter’s Blues fell to their seventh loss in ten games on Thursday night at Craven Cottage
Pressure is mounting on the manager just four months after joining from Brighton on a five-year contract, and Potter said: “I can’t sit here and say things are improving when the results are what they are.
“We know a lot more about the club, a lot more about the players, a lot more about what we need to do to get the club back to where we think it can and should be. It’s not there at the moment.
“Many things have happened over time and have manifested themselves in the situation we are in now. We have to make sure that we act well in the future. But right now it’s tough. It’s hard to see light or green shoots because we’re still hurt from defeat.
Denis Zakaria is the latest injury trouble, having to be substituted with a hamstring problem in the 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage and is on the list of casualties alongside Reece James, Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic and Wesley Fofana.
Sterling is expected to be sidelined for another two weeks as he picked up a hamstring injury against his former club Manchester City last week, but it is being monitored daily.
Chelsea’s troubles mount with a long injury list and now new signing Joao Felix is suspended
Denis Zakaria is the latest injury problem, having to be substituted off with a hamstring problem in the 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage
Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s broken finger is an injury that is expected to sideline him for up to six weeks, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek is close to a return to the first-team after suffering a calf injury in Chelsea’s pre-World Cup defeat at Newcastle has.
“It’s almost like going back to the drawing board,” Potter said. “It feels like you took a step and then suddenly something happens. You feel like you’re making progress watching Joao Felix and then all of a sudden, Boof, he’s three games out.
“That’s where we were at the moment. I’m sure our supporters don’t want to hear that. They want to see better results and better performance, but that’s the position we’re in. Everyone in the club suffers from it.”
Chelsea play Crystal Palace again at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Potter insists there is nothing wrong with the attitude of his players.
“The players support us,” he said. “They want to do better. You want better results. We know our challenges. We don’t want to use them as an excuse, but they are what they are. I don’t see a problem with the mentality. I just think we need to improve.’
Additional Reporting: Adrian Kajumba
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