Chelsea manager Graham Potter has taken ‘full responsibility’ for the club’s slump following their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in north London today.
The Blues went into the half-time interval level, but the game sparked into life seconds after the break when Oliver Skipp rifled a ferocious shot into the top corner to break the deadlock.
Chelsea’s response was unconvincing, with Potter admitting his side ‘huffed and puffed’ after going behind. Harry Kane then put the game to bed with a simple tap in after latching onto Eric Dier’s flick to the back post.
The Blues have posted just two wins in their last 15 games, and it is not looking good for Potter, who rued his side’s ‘disastrous’ start to the second half.
“We didn’t start the second half well,” Potter said (via Football Daily) after the game. “I thought the first half was an even game.
“We had some moments, they had some moments as well, but I thought we were well in the game.
“The start of the second half was a disaster for us in terms of going behind so early. We huffed and puffed after that and kept going without doing enough in terms of creating any big opportunities.”
Defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium means Chelsea have now gone eight successive games without a win for the first time in ten years.
However, Potter was quick to take responsibility for his side’s poor run of results and insists they will try to improve.
“I know the responsibility – they’re not good enough for this club, they’re not good enough for us, we’re not happy with them,” Potter continued.
“We have to understand the moment we’re in, but at the same time, I take full responsibility for those results. We’re gonna try and improve it.”
It is understood that despite the club’s wretched form, Potter is still being backed by the club’s board, who are determined to have faith and remain patient in the Englishman.
But Potter says he is not taking the club’s backing for granted and insists he has what it takes to turn the team’s fortunes around, especially with the quality in the dressing room.
“We know where our responsibilities lie, and if results aren’t good enough, which they aren’t at the moment, you can’t rely on support forever,” the Englishman explained.
“I know their personality and the quality in the team. Their response this week has been fantastic in terms of training. We just haven’t been able to transfer that into results on the pitch, and that’s frustrating.”
Chelsea’s next fixture will see them welcome relegation-threatened Leeds United to Stamford Bridge next weekend before taking on Borussia Dortmund in a crunch Champions League tie decider.
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