Chelsea head coach Graham Potter is under pressure, says he must respect “stupid” questions from the media and insists he still has their “full support”. club owner.
Potter, who left Brighton to replace sacked Thomas Tuchel in September, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after picking up just one win in eight Premier League games.
Chelsea’s sixth loss of the season to Manchester City on Thursday night – their fourth loss in six league games – sent them down to 10th place, but the 47-year-old was on the field to fight when prepare to face the Premier League champions again in FA Cup third round on Sunday.
“There are times when you get frustrated and angry. But it’s my responsibility to say [to the media] in the most respectful way possible, even though some of your questions are stupid,” said Potter.
“I have to answer them as best and as respectfully as possible, because I represent a great football club and I have work to do.”
When asked if there’s been too much negativity surrounding Chelsea in recent weeks, Potter replied: “I don’t know. I don’t read newspapers. I stay away from social media.
“I’m not naive to know that when you get the results we have, there’s no criticism and negativity – it’s strange to me to think that way. And, again, I’m not sitting. here as an egotist that has all the answers and everything is right – of course, that’s not the case.
“But at the same time, there are some challenges that we face. There are some advantages in the Premier League that are difficult. We have gone through a huge transition (with new owners Chelsea), Injury problems don’t matter.” It’s easy to be stable.
“But it’s kind of blah, blah blah, isn’t it? People want to see the results and say ‘Shut up Graham, what are you talking about? We need to win.”
Chelsea’s silver title prospects this season were ruined when they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Man City in November, although they are still in the Champions League and will face Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.
Potter highlighted the beginnings of the managerial reigns of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta at their respective clubs before insisting the Chelsea board remain supportive of the work he is doing at Stamford Bridge.
“I think Pep was there a year before they won anything, and then obviously Mikel and Jurgen took a bit of time,” Potter said. “Obviously, it might be different for me for some reason, but I don’t set a time for it.
“I know the responsibility we have here, but I also know that I have the ability and I know the quality that I have, and I certainly have the full support of the owners, players and staff. member here.”
When does the FA Cup 4th round draw take place?
It will take place from 4:05pm on Sunday before Chelsea’s third-round game against Manchester City.