Chelsea boss Graham Potter has found himself under immense pressure following his poor form at Stamford Bridge, but claims his Liverpool and Man City counterparts are feeling the same.
Chelsea boss under pressure Graham Potter compared his situation at Stamford Bridge to that of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp as his teams continued to fail.
The Blues are currently in the midst of a dismal run of form having lost six of their nine games in all competitions – a streak that was continued in midweek with a 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Man City. The humiliating defeat at the Etihad Stadium saw the pressure mount with fans chanting the name of former manager Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking about his current precarious state, Potter states that he is not the first manager in the Premier League to come under pressure during his debut season at the club – his opponents at Man City, Arsenal and even Liverpool have experienced the same.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Fulham on Thursday, he said: “You have to understand it’s part of the job. You have to see my team-mates in the same position, Pep was criticized in his first season, Mikel [Arteta], Jurgen Klopp at the start of his season.
“Football is emotional and when you lose you don’t think about it, you feel it: the pain, the discomfort. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why and it’s easier to blame someone. I’m not saying I’m perfect but always very complex.
“You try to put it into perspective and remember I am capable. The results haven’t been good enough for us and you have to respect and deal with that.”
Chelsea now sit tenth in the Premier League table after 17 games and already sit ten points behind fourth-placed Manchester United. If they don’t develop then the Blues’ place in the Champions League could be threatened.
The former Brighton man said: “You always feel the pressure, the higher you go the more pressure, the noise outside. At a club like Chelsea, when you don’t get the results you want, there is chaos and criticism. You have to keep trying to improve, stay strong and get through it.
He added: “If you look at what we have at the moment, and where we are with the players we have, it can distort the picture a little bit. If we get those people back, the picture changes. I don’t think we are as far as it seems from the outside.
“You have to go window to window to improve the squad, develop the culture and ideas of football. Even though this period is not good, you should use it as a way to get stronger. But at that time they were unpleasant.