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Graham Potter refuses to demand a ‘Diego Costa’ or ‘Didier Drogba’ in his Chelsea side



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Graham Potter refused to demand for a Diego Costa or Didier Drogba in his Chelsea side following their 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa

The Blues may have largely dominated the game against Villa, but ultimately their ability to not find the back of the net cost them.

It was a tough loss to take for the west London side, in the first half they had chances through the likes of Ben Chilwell, Mykhailo Mudryk and Kai Havertz but they went into the break a goal down.

A mistake at the back after a miscommunication between Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly allowed Ollie Watkins through one-on-one with Kepa Arrizabalaga and he clinically lobbed the Spaniard to fire the visitors in front.

Clearly frustration was growing around Stamford Bridge and in the second half things went further downhill, more opportunities were being wasted by the hosts and John McGinn hit a thunderous effort to double the lead for the travelling Villa.

Chelsea had yet more chances before the final whistle blew, but they could not convert, meaning they dropped to 11th in the Premier League table after this loss.

In total, the Blues hit 27 shots at Emiliano Martinez, their most attempts without scoring in a game since 2014.

Compared to this, Villa mustered just five shots on goal, but they still were able to net twice and pick up the win.

A defeat like this leaves question marks surrounding the ability of the front-line, the creativity to make chances is evidently there, but they need to be finished off if the Blues are going to win games.

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Following the match, Potter was asked what he would give to have a striker like Didier Drogba or Diego Costa in the side, he responded: “There’s nothing for me to say. I’ve got the players I have.

“They gave everything today, as much as we’re all disappointed with the result they did. The intent of the team was there, the attack was there but the scoreline is painful for us so there’s not too much I can say that seems positive.”

While the Blues were unable to score, Potter still believed there were some positives to take, he said: “Both boxes we were second best. The first goal is disappointing, we need to do better there. There’s a lot of good things in the game, attacking play, shots. Look at the stats, it’s a positive performance.

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“What I’ll say is the boys gave everything in the game. They absolutely did. They tried. Ultimately, you need to defend better than we did. I’m responsible for that.”