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Graham Potter has ‘no complaints’ with Chelsea negativity as players ‘understand’ situation after Aston Villa loss



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Graham Potter has assured fans that his players are aware of the levity of the situation following his sides defeat to Aston Villa.

Chelsea lost 2-0 at home to fellow European hopefuls Aston Villa thanks to goals from Ollie Watkins and John McGinn.

And with the home side registering 27 shots on target without hitting the back of the net, questions once again will be asked of Chelsea’s prowess in front of goal.

The west London side have managed to score just 29 goals in 28 outings so far this season.

The result meant Unai Emery’s side moved above Chelsea in the league and left the Blues in the bottom half of the table.

The two-time European champions also sit 11 points behind Tottenham in fourth place, a gap which could be extended to 14 come Monday evening with the north London side in action against Everton.

Potter has endured a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge, but a four game unbeaten run before the international break seemed to be the start of a turning point for Chelsea’s head coach.

However, after Saturday’s loss, the Englishman’s head is firmly back on the managerial chopping block and with a congested month on the horizon, results will need to improve should he wish to remain in a job.

When asked whether he believes negativity is transmitting to players in the game, Potter had this to say.

“They’re professionals, they understand what it is. They’re honest and we’re fighting together. There’s no complaints.”

Chelsea find themselves up against Real Madrid this month in the Champions League quarter-finals. The 14-times winners knocked the Blues out of the competition at the same stage last season following an extra-time header from Karim Benzema.

And should Chelsea stand any chance of avenging last season’s Bernabeu heartbreak, momentum must begin to take shape for Potter’s men, starting with a home fixture against fellow Premier League strugglers Liverpool on Tuesday evening.