Graham Potter calls on Chelsea to ‘re-energise’ over the World Cup break after a ‘challenging’ period… with their defeat to Newcastle leaving them eight points off the top four and heaping pressure on the manager
- Chelsea’s miserable form continued in a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday
- Joe Willock’s second-half strike leaves the Blues without a win in five games
- Chelsea sit eighth in the table after the loss – eight points off the top four spots
- Graham Potter says his side need to ‘re-energise’ over the World Cup break
Graham Potter has called on his Chelsea players to ‘re-energise’ over the World Cup break after a challenging period.
Chelsea suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle on Saturday, a result that leaves them without a win in their last five Premier League matches – something which last happened for the Blues in 2012.
It leaves Chelsea in eighth place and eight points off the Champions League spots going into the World Cup break.
Chelsea’s defeat to Newcastle on Saturday heaps the pressure on manager Graham Potter
Chelsea have now failed to win their last five league games and are eight points off fourth
After the match, Potter who is growing ever-increasingly under pressure, called on Chelsea to ‘regroup and go again’ when club football returns towards the end of December.
He said: ‘For different reasons, you have 13 matches in six weeks, a lot of those games away from home. It is what it is and it has been challenging. We have a break now and we need to re-energise.
‘For us in terms of what we’ve had with an incredibly intense period, it is what it is. We need to take the positives. A lot of the boys will be away but we can get away, regroup and go again when we come back.’
Potter says his side need to ‘re-energise’ and ‘re-group’ over the World Cup break
Potter also said that his team ‘didn’t have enough quality’ and had ‘too many unforced errors’ in what was a disappointing display.
He said: ‘It was a tough game for us. Losing Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) and Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta at half-time.
‘You can see in the two teams the different schedules. Newcastle have one game a week and we have a tough schedule. That showed. But there were also too many unforced errors. We got through a few times but we didn’t have enough quality.
‘In a game of few chances, they got a winner. We changed things but we didn’t have enough. You could see in the first half they were pushing us back.
It’s the first time that Chelsea have failed to win five league games in a row since 2012
‘We could not get out of the defensive third as much as we like. So we put on an extra man in the middle of the pitch. Conor had a good shot but then our defensive line was a bit off and we conceded a good finish.’
Before today, Chelsea had lost their last two league games against Brighton (4-1) and Arsenal (1-0), and also had two draws with Manchester United (1-1) and Brentford (0-0).
Chelsea are next in action on December 27 against Bournemouth, before facing Nottingham Forest on New Year’s Day and Manchester City on January 5.
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