Graham Potter defends himself after Chelsea’s recent poor performance

Graham Potter has reacted to the criticism he has faced lately following Chelsea’s poor performance in major competitions in spite of the huge amount spent to bring in new star players in two transfer windows.

Graham Potter defends himself after Chelsea's recent poor performance

Though Chelsea has splashed out around £600 million ($723m) across the last two transfer windows, Potter has only gotten nine wins from 25 games.

The 47-year-old who was handed the managerial reins at Stamford Bridge in September 2022, has said that he is “not stupid” and recognises that “people want something different” from the club.

He told reporters;

“I am not stupid or naive. My job is to keep going and keep helping and supporting the team and take that criticism. You can only be yourself and try your best while being yourself. I get it that when you are losing that there’s always something you should do or change. I have always been this way and it has gotten me to this point but, at the same time, I know people want something different.”

Graham Potter defends himself after Chelsea's recent poor performance

Potter further listed some of the challenges he’s faced so far and which have impacted negatively on the club’s performance.

He added;

“There is transition and there’s factors but, at the same time, when the team is losing and we’ve had the results we’ve had then you can also understand it. We’ve invested in some young players, if you look at Enzo [Fernandez], [Noni] Madueke and [Mykhailo] Mudryk, they haven’t played that many games. They are learning to play in the Premier League. We’re managing quite an unprecedented injury list — so you have to manage that in the Premier League. All that is true but, unfortunately when you lose, it is not what people want to hear. I know my quality and I know what I have done in my career but I also understand than when results don’t go your way that you are open to criticism and that’s fair.”

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