Potter Holds Crisis Talk With Senior Chelsea Players Ahead of Fulham Match

Potter Holds Crisis Talk With Senior Chelsea Players Ahead of Fulham Match

Elijah Odetokun
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:22 PM
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  • Chelsea are going through a run of poor results and have won just once in nine games
  • This has put pressure on Graham Potter who took over after Thomas Tuchel's sacking
  • The former Brighton manager has now held crisis meetings with senior team members

Graham Potter is under immense pressure at Chelsea, after a continuous run of poor form which has left the team with just one win in nine games, in 10th on the Premier League table, and already out of the Carabao and FA Cups.

Many Blues fans believe if this had happened during the zero tolerance ownership reign of Roman Abramovich, Potter would have lost his job, but Todd Boehly is keeping faith in the English manager.

Graham Potter, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, Premier League.
Graham Potter confirms he is seeking help from senior Chelsea players to end the club's run of losses. Photos by Chloe Knott/Joe Prior/Rob Newell.
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The former Brighton manager has now turned to his senior players for help to change the course of their season. He admitted the conversation was lengthy, and the players had given their honest view of the situation.

Potter turns to Chelsea seniors

Chelsea's captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, vice-captain, Jorginho, veteran defender, Thiago Silva and experienced midfielder, Mateo Kovacic were the four players Potter held crisis talks with, in a bid to resolve the issues at the club.

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Speaking to the media ahead of the London derby tonight against Fulham, the Blues boss revealed more about the discussion with the four, as quoted by Metro:

‘‘I spoke really at length yesterday with Thiago, Azpi, Jorgi, Kova - we had a really good conversation. They again showed their qualities as people; they were honest, articulated their concerns well. They articulated their positivity, they articulated their responsibility. And I think we are in a place where we can move forward,’’ he said.

According to the Sun, Potter holds a Masters degree in emotional intelligence, and appears to have channeled his studies into not losing touch with the human side of his players, despite the pressure to perform on the pitch.

The English boss ceded Chelsea was in a tough spot, but also believes the current challenges affect the players as human beings.

‘‘[The players] are paid to do their jobs, but they are not robots. They are still affected by results and things that are happening in terms of the transition phase of the club. But I have been really impressed.’’

Pochettino ready to coach Chelsea

Sports Brief earlier reported that former Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino is ready for the Chelsea job should Potter be sacked.

The Argentine has long been linked to the managerial reigns at Stamford Bridge, even in the days before Thomas Tuchel was hired.

He is without a job since being fired by Paris Saint-Germain last year, due to a poor Champions League outing despite winning the Ligue 1 title.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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