Graham Potter delivers defiant response to ‘make or break’ claims over Chelsea future
Graham Potter is not getting drawn into discussions over his Chelsea future after claims of a ‘make or break’ period.
The 47-year-old is under severe pressure by Chelsea’s supporters after a run of just two wins in 17 games, which has seen the Blues lose their last three outings.
It’s been an unacceptable run of form for Chelsea, which Potter acknowledges and insists the talking has to be done on the pitch with results.
“The results haven’t been good enough,” said the Chelsea head coach ahead of their Premier League clash against Leeds United. “We know that, we accept that, there’s no hiding from that.”
Potter added: “We’re fighting for improvement, fighting to do better. The spirit is there. Talking is one thing, but we have to do it on the pitch.”
Should Chelsea lose on Saturday, it will be the first time they’ve lost four matches in a row since October/November 1993 when they went on a six game losing streak.
Pressure is on Potter and it’s been reported that the matches against Leeds and Borussia Dortmund next Tuesday could be ‘make or break’ regarding his future in west London.
The Chelsea hierarchy remain behind Potter and were once again at their Cobham training complex on Friday afternoon ahead of the game, which they are both expected to attend on Saturday.
Potter was asked in his pre-match press conference about the ‘make or break’ claims. His focus remains on the football and beating Leeds.
“I don’t tend to look at it in any way like that,” responded the Blues boss.
“I focus on the next match. I know the situation we are in, we need to improve the results we’ve had. That’s my responsibility. They’ve not been good enough. That’s all I focus on.”
He added: “There is support and, of course, I’ve spoken to them (the owners). But I’m not going to hide behind that. The results haven’t been good enough for us and I’m responsible for that.
“When you’re a coach, if the results are good you accept the criticism and noise that comes with it. My job is to stay with the team, stay focused, try to prepare the team as well as I can, and win the game tomorrow.”
The Chelsea boss has called on his players to deliver a performance and result the fans are happy with to lift the mood at Stamford Bridge.
Potter continued: “We need to understand the position we’re in and we’ve been fighting this week and prepare well so we’re in a position to conduct ourselves well and give a performance our supporters are happy with.”
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