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The Case For Graham Potter To Be The Long Term Solution At Chelsea

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Chelsea suffered yet another loss in the Premier League last weekend after being beaten 2-0 by their local rivals, Tottenham Hotspur in the London derby. The Blues have won just one match and scored only four goals in 2023 so far across all competitions.

Chelsea’s Recent Struggles In The Premier League

The alarm bells are ringing at Stamford Bridge with Graham Potter desperate to get a positive response from his players over the next few weeks.

Chelsea are currently sitting in tenth place in the Premier League table, having collected just 31 points in 24 matches during this campaign. The Blues find themselves 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, so it seems likely that they will miss out on UEFA Champions League football next season.

Despite making a number of big-money signings during the January transfer window, the West London club has struggled to perform at a high level and has often lacked quality and invention in front of the opposition half over the past few weeks.


Should Graham Potter Be Given More Time At Chelsea?

Potter has taken charge of 26 matches for Chelsea thus far with his players winning nine, drawing seven and losing ten games in the process. He has picked up just 1.31 points per game in the English top flight and has used a total of 32 players at Stamford Bridge during this campaign (via transfermarkt).

At the moment, the Chelsea head coach is still trying to figure out his best starting XI as most of his major stars have underperformed in the Premier League this year.

Furthermore, the most demanding challenge for Potter has been to manage a big squad of international footballers and try to keep them all happy despite not having the luxury to offer them regular playing minutes this season.

Thus, it is no surprise that the Chelsea players are struggling to play with confidence right now. They are also lacking an identity which Potter has to rectify if he wants to turn their fortunes around for the better at Stamford Bridge.

With some challenging league fixtures coming up against Leeds United, Leicester City, Everton and Aston Villa respectively, the Blues have to find a way to put some points on board if they are to relieve some of the pressure that has been building on Potter’s shoulders recently.

For now, the best move for Chelsea would be to be patient and back their manager so that he can solely focus on turning things around and finishing this campaign strong with his current squad of players.


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