Chelsea Coach Admits Criticism Is Making Him And Family Suffer
Chelsea coach Graham Potter has admitted that he and his family are suffering over the criticism he has been subjected to since he became the coach of the club.
Southampton, a struggling Premier League team, defeated the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Before the game, Southampton has only won two of their last 14 games overall.
Due to their poor run of games, Chelsea are currently in 10th place in the Premier League, 11 points outside of the Champions League berths. This is coming after the club have spent around 500 million euros in the last 12 months on signing new players.
“With the results as they are, you accept criticism,” Potter said.
“That should come. That’s fair. The mood here has always been positive and respectful.
“That’s not to say it’s easy at all. Your family life suffers, your mental health suffers, your personality – it is hard.”
Under Potter, who was recruited in September after Thomas Tuchel was fired, Chelsea have only won nine of their 25 games.
Chelsea’s board led by Todd Boehly have declared that they still support the former Brighton manager and that his hiring was part of a long-term strategy despite the club’s recent poor performance.
Potter revealed: “I have spoken to them [the board]. It’s the same as it has always been. There has always been supporting.
“They also see where we are at and at the same time are frustrated because the results are where we are and we have to do better.”
On the criticism from Chelsea’s fans, Tuchel added: “Supporters care, when they are upset they let their feelings be known and we accept that.
“There’s nothing I can say that will make the supporters if they are against us with us. The solution is that you have to win football matches.”
Chelsea’s next game is against their local rival Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, February 26. The game will kick off at Tottenham Hotspur stadium at 14:30.