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Potter reveals Chelsea’s expectations following bumper Boehly-Clearlake spend in January window



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Graham Potter insists Chelsea’s expectations have not changed despite their January spend of in excess of £300 million.

The 47-year-old was heavily backed last month in the transfer market as the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership brought in eight new additions, loaning back Malo Gusto to Lyon, to bolster the squad in a bid to finish the second part of the season strongly.

Chelsea are keen to put themselves in contention to qualify for the Champions League next season. They have two routes: via the Premier League or winning the competition itself.

Potter’s side are currently ninth in the league and ten points off Newcastle United in fourth place. They progressed into the knockout stages of Europe and have their first leg tie in the Round of 16 next week against Borussia Dortmund.

Although eyes remain focused on Chelsea for their spending since the new ownership arrived, Potter insists the expectations from the hierarchy haven’t changed, but the end goals remains the same: to win.

“The expectations have always remained the same, a team that ultimately wins,” said Potter in his pre-West Ham press conference. “We know there is opportunities to make changes to the team when the window is open.”

Boehly and Behdad Eghbali had lunch with Potter and Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes, and everyone is on the same page of where they want the club to go and be.

Potter added: “My relationship has been consistent with (the owners). We understand where we both are, where we see the team. We are working really well to keep improving.”

The Chelsea head coach knows the fans expect to win games and trophies, and takes full responsibility to try to deliver under those pressures.

“I’m not stupid. If the results aren’t what this club should get, then I understand, if I’m the reason for it then that’s the job.

“I go through the process, helping the players improve and come together. It’s a complicated situation at the moment, but really excited, really looking forward to it, the challenge that awaits. I don’t worry too much about the absolute timescale of it all.”