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Graham Potter's Bold Statement After Chelsea Suffers Third Straight Defear
- Graham Potter insists he can turn Chelsea’s fortunes around despite another low
- The Blues lost 2-0 in the London derby against Totenham Hotspur on Sunday, February 26
- Defeat means Chelsea are winless in February, and have won just twice in their last 14 games, despite heavily spending in January
Chelsea manager Graham Potter maintains he can turn the club’s fortunes around, despite another lowly defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Pressure continued to mount on the former Brighton and Hove Albion boss, whose Chelsea side are now winless in their last six games for the first time in a decade.
After a goalless first half against Antonio Conte’s side, Chelsea were made to pay for a sluggish start to the second half as Spurs went ahead through Oliver Skipp's thumping 20-yard effort
In truth, Chelsea did little in the way of attack, and Spurs eventually confirmed the result when Harry Kane, who has proven to be a derby master, tapped in from close range from Eric Dier’s flick late on.
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After the game, media caught up with Potter, who tried his best to answer questions with a level head.
Asked whether he felt he was still the man to turn Chelsea’s luck around, he said:
“Yeah because I know the quality of the team. Confidence isn’t massively high but I know the personality in the group. We just haven’t been able to transfer that on the pitch and that’s frustrating.”
The gaffer also said he “bore full responsibility” for the team’s current rut, and refused to put blame on any specific players, particularly for the performance on the pitch.
As far as the overall game against Spurs was concerned, Potter subtly played down Spurs’ win, saying both sides did not create as much chances, but “goals made the difference”.
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Potter reveals threats on family
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on the disheartening threats he has been receiving because of Chelsea’s poor start to 2023.
"It's a challenge. If you go to work and somebody is swearing abuse at you, it’s not going to be pleasant – or if you’re referred to as the worst person in the history of the club. I’ve had some not particularly nice emails come through that want me to die, want my kids to die. Obviously, that's not pleasant to receive," Potter said in the build up to the Tottenham game.
Defeat leaves Chelsea in 10th place, with 31 points from 24 games.