BBC pundit Chris Sutton has questioned Chelsea manager Graham Potter after his comments to the press following the club’s recent draw.
Raheem Sterling had put Chelsea ahead but they failed to hold onto their lead as Steve Cooper’s men hit back in the second half thanks to Serge Aurier, with his strike being enough to see the match end 1-1.
Speaking after the draw, the Chelsea boss was quoted on BBC Radio Show 606 as saying that the club ‘have to accept’ that they aren’t quite as good as they would like to be at the moment.
He said: “It’s frustrating, and obviously we have expectations and want to do better. But at the moment, we’re not quite where we want to be and we have to accept that.”
Reacting to this on the same radio show, Sutton seemed quite shocked at just how blunt Potter had been with his assessment and questioned the wisdom of it all.
Indeed, he said: “Very honest, Graham Potter was there, but if you’re a Chelsea fan, is that the sort of language you want to hear? Talking the team down, below par?”
After that draw against Forest, Chelsea now find themselves on 25 points after 16 league games. Incredibly, they are level with local rivals Fulham who have played one more game than the Blues.
This means, Potter and his side are eighth in the table and seven points behind Manchester United (in fourth), with the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur also above the Blues but not inside the top four.
On that evidence, the Chelsea manager isn’t exactly wrong to suggest that his players aren’t delivering the results the club should expect. However, it’s up to him to get them to improve and it won’t inspire great confidence from the fans, the board, or the players to hear Potter sound so defeatist in his attitude.
If he can’t turn things around soon, it remains to be seen just how patient Todd Boehly will be.