Graham Potter has admitted that he believes he has to take responsibility for Chelsea’s disappointing defeat against Aston Villa.
The Blues dropped to 11th in the Premier League table after suffering a 2-0 loss against Unai Emery’s Villa at Stamford Bridge.
It was an embarrassing defeat for Chelsea as they put in a dismal performance that has been very common for them this season.
While they started the game in a bright fashion, the visitors were the ones who took the lead just 18 minutes into the contest. Miscommunication at the back between Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly allowed Ollie Watkins in behind, the England international made no mistake as he lobbed Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Potter’s side looked to get back into the contest in the first half but failed in finding the net. Ben Chilwell, Mykhailo Mudryk and Kai Havertz all had chances. Chilwell even had a goal disallowed in the opening 45 for a push on Ashley Young.
After being booed off at the the half-time interval, Chelsea continued their pursuit for an equaliser in the second half. However, it was instead the travelling Villa who doubled up and made it 2-0. A splendid long-range strike from John McGinn was too much for Kepa and put the game out of reach.
In the contest the hosts amassed a total of 27 shots at Emiliano Martinez’s goal and were still unable to score, in comparison to this the visitors managed just five, but they still netted twice.
The defeat leaves more question marks around the future of head coach Potter. Despite having that incredible week where the Blues managed to pick up three wins, things have quickly fallen apart.
Following the game, the 47-year-old was asked about the opening goal of the game and the mix up between the two defenders, he responded: “It’s football, it’s one action and a bit of miscommunication and something for me to take responsibility for.”
Speaking about the game as a whole, he added: “We wanted to win our home game. There was a real positivity about us. Like I said, the boys gave everything in the game. It wasn’t a lack of effort at all. We need to manage moments better. The scoreline tells the story.”
For Chelsea, April is going to be a busy month, the Blues have another two games this week, with one coming on Tuesday against Liverpool.
Hoping to put things right in that fixture, Potter said: “We’ve no time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to respond.”
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