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“I have to accept” – Graham Potter responds to Chelsea fans’ disappointment, anger & frustration



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Graham Potter has addressed the criticism from Chelsea fans following his side’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea fell to defeat at the hands of Unai Emery’s side, who leapfrogged them in the league, leaving the home side in 11th place and in the bottom half of the table.

Goals from Ollie Watkins and John McGinn either side of the half-time interval resigned the Blues to defeat, adding to the fans’ frustration with their team.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter, who joined the club in September 2022, has faced the brunt of the criticism from supporters, with chants of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ coming from both the home and away sections of Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening against Villa.

The 47-year-old has failed to set the world alight since joining from Brighton, leaving supporters unsure of his ability to manage at such a high level.

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Since his arrival, Chelsea have dropped from sixth to 11th and have lost as many Premier League games as they have won under the manager’s stewardship (W7 D7 L7).

When asked about the fans’ reaction to the loss, Potter replied: “I understand when you lose at home that the emotion of the game that people are going to be disappointed and frustrated and angry.

“Where we are in the league table, no-one is happy with. Whatever criticism comes I have to accept.”

Despite calls from sections of the fanbase for the Englishman to lose his job, according to reports the hierarchy are still offering their support for Potter, entrusting him to lead the club in this new era.

With Chelsea out of both domestic competitions, and a top four finish looking all but impossible, a saving grace for Potter could be progression in the Champions League.

But with a monumental task awaiting them, with two legs against European champions Real Madrid this month, the chances of salvaging any positives from this season seem to be slimming with each passing game.

However, for now at least, Potter retains the backing of the board, but with a tough month of April ahead of them, his side must start to pick up results and quickly.