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Chelsea boss Graham Potter calls first half of FA Cup defeat to Man Metropolis ‘painful’ as Pep Guardiola urges Blues proprietor Todd Boehly to present him time | Soccer

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Graham Potter defended his senior gamers however admitted Chelsea are “not in an awesome second” after their 4-0 FA Cup thrashing at Manchester Metropolis. Here is each phrase of what he needed to say in his post-match press convention on the Etihad…

What’s your evaluation of the efficiency?

“I believed we have been second finest to a really, superb aspect. Clearly, we’re not in an awesome second ourselves and though it was a cagey first 20 minutes we could not assault the backline properly sufficient, we could not assault in addition to we wish. I feel Manchester Metropolis do very well by way of stopping you doing that. On the similar time, we struggled.

“It was a unbelievable first objective by way of a strike from a free-kick, and an odd penalty and you might be caught able the place it’s 2-0 and it’s a must to chase the ball in opposition to Manchester Metropolis. You’re caught between attempting to commit extra males and never getting opened up.

Riyad Mahrez scores Manchester City's fourth goal from the penalty spot
Riyad Mahrez scores Manchester Metropolis’s fourth objective from the penalty spot

“So the primary half was painful and difficult for us all. Second half, we needed to reply and I believed there have been some positives there by way of the younger gamers. I believed they gave every little thing and confirmed their high quality however we’re dissatisfied we went out of the competitors. Congratulations to Man Metropolis. They deserved to win, after all.”

How a lot time will it take to get it proper?

“The outcomes by way of the Premier League, I feel we’ve got misplaced 4 matches. To Newcastle away, the final recreation earlier than the World Cup, we had 9 gamers unavailable. We misplaced 1-0 to Arsenal. We misplaced on a nasty day to Brighton and we misplaced to Manchester Metropolis. These are the groups we’ve got misplaced to.

“However we’ve got additionally drawn to Manchester United and Brentford so the ends in a small area of time aren’t optimistic. I’ve mentioned earlier than you may make excuses and search for causes or you’ll be able to say it is not ok. Each of these solutions are appropriate.

“So we’ve got to maintain bettering, stick collectively as a soccer membership, as a result of clearly we’re struggling as a soccer membership and it isn’t good in any respect. However that’s the place we’re in the intervening time.”

Chelsea manager Graham Potter on the touchline during the Emirates FA Cup third round match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday January 8, 2023.

There have been chants for Thomas Tuchel from the Chelsea followers. How laborious is it to show it round with that environment round you?

“We won’t do something other than do our jobs higher and work more durable. We perceive the supporters’ frustration, that is comprehensible and we respect that. However our job is to do our job. We simply need to preserve working and see the scenario for what it’s. In fact, there are at all times different opinions and there may be at all times negativity and criticism as a result of the outcomes haven’t been optimistic. That’s a part of the job, a part of the problem.”

Are you positive the senior gamers are giving every little thing for you?

“Sure. This opponent might be the worst opponent you’ll be able to play when issues aren’t going very properly as a result of they will make it seem like you are not operating, such as you’re not attempting, as a result of their positional construction is sensible, they use the complete width of the pitch, they preserve the ball and make it tough so that you can put any strain on them.

“I’m working with the gamers, I do not get any sense of individuals with a poor angle. Everybody desires to attempt to do higher. I feel there may be help within the dressing room. It’s simply that we’re going by means of a nasty second and generally when you have got these moments you want any person or one thing in charge, I perceive the place that query comes from. However on the similar time, we’ve got to stay collectively and preserve working.”

What’s the scenario with Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?

“Christian simply opened up his knee within the recreation the opposite day, we’re nonetheless kind of analysing it, however it’s going to be weeks. Raheem simply had an motion within the first minute of the sport, a backheel and he felt one thing in his hamstring and we’re analysing it and Aubameyang had a decent again and was not capable of journey.”

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Clinton Morrison says the strain is constructing on Chelsea supervisor, Graham Potter after a poor run of outcomes and due to the excessive expectations on the membership.

Do you suppose you’ll be able to win the followers again and switch the scenario round?

“It’s at all times difficult within the Premier League and it’s at all times difficult right here. I perceive their frustration and I perceive once you have a look at the outcomes and crew efficiency as we speak it’s so distant from Manchester Metropolis. That’s clear.

“We now have to concentrate on the subsequent day and the subsequent match. We play on Thursday. It is a crucial recreation for us. We have to keep collectively as a gaggle and help one another. I’m positive we are going to get the help of the supporters after they see good performances and good outcomes.”

Pep backs Potter: What he did at Brighton was excellent

Talking in his personal post-match press convention, Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola urged the Chelsea proprietor to point out some persistence as Potter implements his desired system at Stamford Bridge.

“I’d say to Todd Boehly, give him time. I do know within the massive golf equipment the outcomes are necessary however give him time. The second half is what he’s. What he has executed in Brighton is excellent. All of the managers want time.

“At Barcelona, I had [Lionel] Messi there. That’s the reason I didn’t want two seasons. One is sufficient. However everybody wants it.

“To play in opposition to Metropolis after we are at this degree, within the Carabao Cup or right here [in the FA Cup] it isn’t straightforward. Not only for Chelsea however for any crew.”

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