Graham Potter is coming under increasing pressure at Chelsea despite only being appointed as manager in September – and the Premier League table since his appointment tells you why.
Despite a positive beginning to the Potter era, and topping their Champions League group, Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle in their last outing before the World Cup break.
It was a result that left them without a win in their last five Premier League matches – something which last happened for the Blues in 2012 – and Chelsea have only got worse since the season re-started.
Potter’s Blues have won just two of their nine league outings since the World Cup break and week by week they keep falling further away from that all-important top-four placing.
They’re being outperformed by local rivals like Brentford and Fulham, and Potter’s former club Brighton, despite boasting the most expensively-assembled squad in the world.
When predecessor Thomas Tuchel was sacked back in September, Chelsea sat sixth in the table, just outside the top four on goal difference. They averaged 1.6 points per game and a 50% win ratio from the opening six matches of the season.
That’s since dropped to 1.2 points per game and a 29% percentage since Potter took over. Now, Chelsea find themselves 10th, 10 points adrift of the Champions League qualification spots.
“After a 1-0 defeat at home, any criticism you get is understandable,” Potter told Sky Sports following their latest loss – 1-0 at home to relegation battlers Southampton.
“We’ve had a tough period and are integrating young players into the Premier League. When results don’t go your way it’s tough.
“I’m not arrogant enough to say that their opinion isn’t worth articulating. My job is to help the team and work through a team period.
“The truth is we took as step back with our performance in the first half. Our response in the second half was good, but it wasn’t enough.”
Speaking on Match Of The Day, Alan Shearer was less than impressed by Chelsea’s tactics under Potter.
“At times, I’m lost to see what they’re trying to do. The first half they had Fofana up there, they took him off, brought Sterling on, because they didn’t create anything,” Shearer said.
“This is what I mean when I say I struggle when I look at Chelsea. Ok Havertz there, Felix there, they brought Sterling on, who was probably their best player in the second half.
“But Sterling’s got the ball there, there’s no options, so he goes back, he goes square, that allows Southampton to get men behind the ball and make it very difficult for them.”
We’ve crunched the numbers to assess how Potter has done in the Premier League since taking charge at Chelsea in September 2022. All teams have played 17 matches unless otherwise specified.
1. Arsenal – 39pts, GD +21
2. Manchester City – 38pts, GD +22 (played 18)
3. Newcastle United – 34pts, GD +19
4. Manchester United – 34pts, GD +10
5. Fulham – 30pts, GD +5 (played 18)
6. Liverpool – 26pts, GD +1 (played 16)
7. Brentford – 26pts, GD +1
8. Tottenham – 25pts, GD 0
9. Aston Villa – 24pts, GD -5
10. Leicester City – 23pts, GD +6 (played 16)
11. Brighton – 22pts, GD +4 (played 16)
12. Chelsea – 21pts, GD +1
13. Nottingham Forest – 21pts, GD -10
14. Crystal Palace – 20pts, GD -8
15. Everton – 17pts, GD -11
16. Wolves – 17pts, GD -14
17. West Ham United – 16pts, GD -3 (played 16)
18. Bournemouth – 14pts, GD -10
19. Leeds United – 11pts, GD -11
20. Southampton – 11pts, GD -18
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