Last season Chelsea suffered three straight defeats in the Premier League, and the manager was soon sacked. But history is not about to repeat itself.
Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at Newcastle on Saturday meant Graham Potter had rivaled the indiscretionary exploits of Jose Mourinho seven years earlier, who had lost at West Ham, Stoke and Liverpool between October and November.
Someone is going through social media or even reading through some of the comments below the articles Athletic will see a growing section of supporters wanting the Potters to suffer the same fate following losses at Brighton, Arsenal and one at St James’s Park.
But they are in pain. Athletic The sources, who must remain anonymous to protect their work, have declared that the club’s new owners are a constant supporter of Potter and a long-term partner in the project.
For this was shared with English a few days ago. Before any one opposes this, he must not be mistaken for a vow of confidence, which sentence has often been used when the head of the sub-heavenly sack, the more persuasive of the public patronage of the Hierarchy, would only soon depart.
No club looked more forward to the World Cup break than Chelsea. It is not a recent development. The 45-day gap between fixtures, earmarked as a key period by the owners for their return in the summer, has come long before the 2022-23 campaign.
The feeling is understandable. It never stops after the excitement of the development process began in March, the first window to navigate the transfer and then trying to put ambitious plans in place, in which many changes to the staff began to run things behind the scenes. They are also investing in new facilities, particularly at Stamford Bridge, to improve the match experience for fans.
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Since the team is also involved in an intense schedule, the World Cup is considered as an important time in the calendar to calm things down a bit, to just take the opportunity without worrying about the pressure of the results. It would also help to get the players ready in January.
But, of course, things didn’t turn out the way Todd Boehly-Clearlake would have liked on the pitch. They made a very bold decision to sack the popular head coach Thomas Tuchel in September and replace him with the inexperienced Potter.
There is a growing commotion in the fans. Only bottom club Wolves (one) have fewer points in their past five games than the Potters’ side (two), plus they have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup to reach the third-round stage for the first time in 12 years.
You can imagine what the atmosphere would be like at Stamford Bridge if Bournemouth were playing this Saturday rather than December 27. The tension in the air would have been palpable compared to what will surely happen next month when the bottom line is up. a little removed.
Behdad Eghbali and Boehly attend games on a regular basis. After an initial wave of popularity following the Premier League’s record £250million-plus ($295m) players, how should they react when the crowd of fans start to make their mark as they did when Maurizio Sarri was in charge?
The sound won’t make much of an impact. There were many reasons for Tuchel’s departure but the difference here is notable. Their option of Potter, the man given a five-year contract, was a statement from the start that it had been a long process.
The Newcastle watch Potter admitted that he was looking forward to playing time without a game and would use the opportunity to speak to the owners in more depth.
“Well, I finished here quickly and you are in the washing machine according to the games and around,” he said. “You have to deal with everything that’s going on and play as much as you like.
“We need time to think and it’s because of the World Cup break. I would be a fool not to do it, to rejuvenate, to recover, to meditate, to improve. I’m pretty sure we will (have talks). We have a regular dialogue so it’s part of an ongoing process.”
Those around the club have spoken about how the working relationship between the owners and the management team is positive. More than one source close to the senior players, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect their services, recently hinted at how much they “loved Potts”. It should be noted that this is before the recent surge in events, which only started a fortnight ago with the 4-1 loss to Brighton, but it joins the marriage of what was revealed above.
Things were to be mitigated, as Potter was keen to point out after the Newcastle defeat, with injuries and fatigue taking their toll. The absences of N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Carney Chukwuemeka and potentially now Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who limped off in the seventh minute in Newcastle, are accounted for.
This is also the hereditary squad and the coaches have started under Tuchel. But this is Chelsea, where expectations are high and excuses are not accepted.
Maybe someone is asking if the owners are willing to reset. On arrival, their minimum target was a top four finish and qualification for the Champions League. As in the era of Roman Abramovich, competition is important for money and the ability to attract players to clubs.
Nothing changed when Tuchel left and Potter arrived. Here we are two months later and the goal remains, although Chelsea are eight points behind Tottenham in fourth and clearly in need of performances, let alone results. There are four games to go up the table. But Potter was employed in future times, not only here.
The hosts also wanted to make a run at the Champions League and Potter delivered in this regard, taking the team into the last 16 after picking up just one point from the opening two group games. They face Borussia Dortmund over the next two legs and hope they can progress.
Potter also felt that the consortium was more prepared to give youth and domestic talent a chance. Against Newcastle, Chelsea had six academic graduates in the starting XI, the most since the match against Leeds in 1998. The outstanding 18-year-old Lewis Hall was selected at left wing back. It’s a good statistic, but he gets three points in a row.
Chelsea travel to Abu Dhabi in camp next month, with players serving in the world’s non-cafe as well as those who were knocked out of the competition early. It will give the potter the ability to work things out and have something akin to preemption, albeit without a full set of teams.
Larger bonds can be formed. But Chelsea’s skeptics have to be reassured that the next big thing is already going to happen.
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