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 | footballnews

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 had been second finest to a really, excellent facet. Clearly, we’re not in an awesome second ourselves and regardless that it was a cagey first 20 minutes we could not assault the backline effectively sufficient, we could not assault in addition to we want. I believe Manchester Metropolis do very well by way of stopping you doing that. On the similar time, we struggled.

“It was a improbable first purpose by way of a strike from a free-kick, and a wierd penalty and you’re caught able the place it’s 2-0 and it’s important to chase the ball in opposition to Manchester Metropolis. You’re caught between making an attempt to commit extra males and never getting opened up.

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“So the primary half was painful and hard 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 thing and confirmed their high quality however we’re disillusioned we went out of the competitors. Congratulations to Man Metropolis. They deserved to win, in fact.”

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

“The outcomes by way of the Premier League, I believe we now have misplaced 4 matches. To Newcastle away, the final sport 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 now have misplaced to.

“However we now have additionally drawn to Manchester United and Brentford so the leads to a small house of time aren’t constructive. I’ve stated earlier than you may make excuses and search for causes or you may say it is not adequate. Each of These solutions are appropriate.

“So we now have to maintain enhancing, stick collectively as a soccer membership, as a result of clearly we’re struggling as a soccer membership and it’s not 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 exhausting is it to show it round with that environment round you?

“We won’t do something other than doing our jobs higher and work tougher. 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. After all, there are at all times different opinions and there’s at all times negativity and criticism as a result of the outcomes haven’t been constructive. That’s a part of the job, a part of the problem.”

Are you certain the senior gamers are giving every thing for you?

“Sure. This opponent might be the worst opponent you may play when issues aren’t going very effectively as a result of they will make it appear to be you are not working, such as you’re not making an attempt, as a result of their positional construction is sensible, they use the complete width of the pitch, they preserve the ball and make it troublesome so that you can put any stress on them.

“I’m working with the gamers, I do not get any sense of individuals with a poor angle. Everybody needs to attempt to do higher. I believe there’s assist within the dressing room. It’s simply that we’re going by a nasty second and typically when you’ve got these moments you want someone or one thing accountable, I perceive the place that query comes from. However on the similar time, we now have 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 sport the opposite day, we’re nonetheless form of analyzing it, however it will 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 analyzing it and Aubameyang had a decent again and was not in a position to journey.”

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

Do you assume you may 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 if you take a look at the outcomes and crew efficiency in the present day it’s so far-off from Manchester Metropolis. That’s clear.

“We now have to deal with the subsequent day and the subsequent match. We play on Thursday. It is a vital sport for us. We have to keep collectively as a gaggle and assist one another. I’m certain we are going to get the assist of the supporters once 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 huge golf equipment the outcomes are vital however give him time. The second half is what he’s. What he has completed 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 stage, within the Carabao Cup or right here [in the FA Cup] it’s not simple. Not only for Chelsea however for any crew.”

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