“It’s tough” – Potter delivers verdict on Chelsea boos after dismal Southampton defeat
Graham Potter has discussed the criticism from the Chelsea crowd following his side’s defeat to Southampton, with the players booed off the pitch.
The Blues were dismal as the Premier League’s bottom side came away with three points from Stamford Bridge.
James Ward-Prowse netted the only goal of the game, scoring a sublime free-kick after Cesar Azpilicueta gave a foul away on the edge of the box.
Azpilicueta didn’t finish the match after being on the end of a scissor kick to the head, which saw him taken to hospital.
Despite many changes from Potter for his side, he was unable to turn around the miserable form at Chelsea as they fell to defeat yet again.
This led to criticism from the crowd, with Chelsea booed off at both half-time and full-time.
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Potter has now responded to the reaction, admitting that it is tough. Speaking to the press, as quoted by Adam Newson, he said: “After a 1-0 defeat at home, any criticism you get is understandable.
“I think we’ve had a tough period and I think we’ve had lots of challenges in terms of integrating young players into the Premier League. While results don’t go your way it can be tough, that is how it is.”
The head coach continued to discuss his future, admitting that he understands the criticism on him.
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“I’m sure there will be people out there that think I’m the problem, absolutely,” he continued. “I don’t think they’re right but I’m not arrogant enough to say their opinion isn’t worth articulating.
“My job is to help the team, keep working through a team period, we’ve had to make some changes today and the truth is we took a step back in our performance in the first half. The response in the second half was good, but it wasn’t good enough.”
“I always come in and speak to you guys, understand the questions, and when we’ve lost 1-0 at home to Southampton, with the greatest respect to the, it is good enough because of the results we’ve had recently.”
Chelsea face Tottenham Hotspur next with Potter’s future under increasing scrutiny despite reports stating that the Blues will continue to back him in the long-term.