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Chelsea ‘determined’ not to sack Graham Potter even if they lose to both Leeds & Dortmund



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Graham Potter’s future at Chelsea is under huge pressure but the club are ready to stick by him, according to reports, even if the dismal run of results continues.

Chelsea were defeated by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday after second half goals from Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane inflicted a third straight defeat in all competitions on the Blues.

Potter’s side have not won in their last six games and sit in 10th place in the league, also behind in their last 16 Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund following the 1-0 first leg loss in Germany earlier this month.

Chelsea are struggling for any form right now and the pressure is increasing on Potter to deliver results. The 47-year-old has accepted the results haven’t been good enough and takes full responsibility.

“I haven’t done enough at this club to have too much good faith; I also accept that,” admitted Potter after another defeat at the weekend.

“My job isn’t to worry about that too much. I understand the question and where it comes from, but I have to try to focus on keeping on helping the team and supporting the players.

“I really like these players, they’re good lads. They want to do better and want to win. But at the moment we’re suffering and that is my responsibility.”

After receiving the backing from the hierarchy which will see Potter in the dugout for this Saturday’s home clash against Leeds United, it has been speculated that the next two matches could be ‘make or break’ for the Chelsea head coach’s future.

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If games against Leeds and Borussia Dortmund don’t go according to plan, it could decide Potter’s fate after just six months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali are expected to be in attendance for both fixtures, according to reports, however Jacob Steinberg now reports that the stance may not change even if they don’t get positive results against Leeds or Dortmund.

It’s claimed ‘Chelsea are determined to give Graham Potter time to around the club’s fortunes and do not want to make a decision on his future based on the next two games’.

But with supporters becoming increasingly disgruntled, defeats at home to both will spiral the atmosphere towards Potter even more against him and that could leave his position in the eyes of fans untenable.

The final decision will, obviously and ultimately, come down to the hierarchy but if it doesn’t drastically improve in the coming games, particularly in the next week or so, Boehly, Eghbali and Co could be left with no choice but to make a huge decision. For now though, they still have Potter’s back.

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