Graham Potter calls for Chelsea improvement after disappointing goalless draw vs Fulham
Graham Potter delivered an honest verdict on Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Fulham in the Premier League on Friday night.
Chelsea were held to a goalless draw as they were left frustrated by a lack of chances, and the ones that came they were unable to convert. Kai Havertz hit the post in the first half, whole substitute David Datro Fofana had a shot cleared off the line
The hosts were able to keep another clean sheet to ensure they avoided being on the end of a league double by their west London neighbours.
Debuts were given to Enzo Fernandez and Noni Madueke, both of whom impressed, while Mykhailo Mudryk made his home and full debut in the capital.
Having to settle for a point frustrated Chelsea and Potter, who reflected on the missed chances being the crux of whether or not they deserved to come away with a victory and made a request to his side.
“You have to score to get more and we didn’t do that,” the 47-year-old told beINSPORTS.
“Overall, frustrated with a point. There were some positives, you could see where we are at with the gelling process that we have to go through. Disappointing, step for us, but we have to improve.”
Potter added in his post-match press conference: “Certainly from the start of the game, I thought the crowd helped with that as well but within the team there was a good feeling. I agree, I think we didn’t do enough in terms of our attacking play to create more which is something we need to do.
“I think you saw a team against us that defend very well, very organised and that bit of connection, that bit of fluidity, that bit of understanding that you need we probably lacked a little bit which is understandable when you consider we’ve got players coming back from injury and new players in the team. That’s just where we’re at at the moment. In the Premier League against well-organised defensive unites with the likes of Mitrovic who can attack well you’re always on your toes.
“Some positives for us of course. The effort was there, the spirit was there but as an attacking team we would like to do more.”
The squad is still getting to grips with each other after the seven new arrivals in January, plus Malo Gusto who is back with Lyon for the rest of the season, and Potter needs time for the squad to gel and build chemistry.
Chelsea now have a full week to prepare for their next outing which comes away to West Ham in the Premier League next Saturday. Improvement will be wanted and required from the Blues, who will be under pressure to start delivering wins following the heavy transfer spend across the last two windows.