‘When you’re at a club like this, you’re only 90 minutes away from a crisis’: Chelsea boss Graham Potter accepts the criticism as Blues boss as they aim to return to winning ways against Dinamo Zagreb after heavy defeat to Brighton
- Graham Potter has accepted that a crisis is just one game away at Chelsea
- Potter faced some criticism after Chelsea lost 4-1 to his former club Brighton
- Chelsea will try to return to winning ways when they face Dinamo Zagreb
Graham Potter accepts that the crisis at Chelsea lasts only 90 minutes.
After an unbeaten start to nine games on the job as head coach, just one defeat, admittedly a tough one at his former club Brighton on Saturday, was enough to open Potter for the first time to hasty judgment and questioning in some quarters.
He said: ‘You understand that when you’re at a club like this you’re only 90 minutes away from a crisis and you have to put things in perspective, understand where you’ve been and what happened, and look at it as intelligent . if you can.
Graham Potter has admitted a crisis is just one game away at a club the size of Chelsea
“All I can do is focus on how I think, what I think, how I act and let the noise continue.”
Chelsea have already won Group E after a Potter-inspired turnaround following their opening day defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in former boss Thomas Tuchel’s final game.
Under normal circumstances, Wednesday’s hard-hitting return against the Croats could be seen as a free hit in Chelsea’s grueling schedule.
But after the defeat at Brighton and with no desire to further fuel the sense of crisis, Potter insisted: “We want to finish the competition on a good note at this stage and react at the weekend with disappointment.
“We choose a team that we think can win against the opponent and do our best.”
Chelsea will try to win against Dinamo Zagreb after their heavy defeat to Brighton
There will be at least one change after Kepa Arrizabalaga suffered a foot injury at Brighton, which Potter hopes will only put him out of action for ‘days’.
His absence means a return to the team and a first start for Edouard Mendy under Potter.
After starting the year as the best goalkeeper in the world, Mendy has lost his place for the past two months due to a knee injury that forced Chelsea to manage carefully before eventually succumbing to it.
That may also have contributed to the dip Mendy suffered towards the end of Tuchel’s reign and he was unable to reclaim his place due to Kepa’s form.
Potter praised Edouard Mendy’s professionalism after he fell in the pecking order
Potter praised Mendy, who has been in talks about a new contract because his professionalism had fallen down the pecking order.
And while Chelsea are considering further expanding their pool of goalkeepers, Potter challenged Mendy to give him a selection dilemma when both he and Kepa are fit.
Potter said: “You hope you have to make as many difficult decisions as possible in the whole team because then you have competition and good players pushing each other to improve. That can only benefit the team.’