Graham Potter admits that he is feeling the heat at Chelsea

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The Blues dropped two games in a row, losing to bottom-of-the-league Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in the first leg of a Champions League round of 16 match on Wednesday. 

Chelsea is now 11 points behind the top four teams in the Premier League and is on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League as a result of those losses.

Manager Potter has come under fire for the team’s results, and in a press conference this week, he said that he understands why.

“I am not stupid or naive,” he said. “My job is to keep going and keep helping and supporting the team and take that criticism. I get it that when you are losing that there’s always something you should do or change. I have always been this way and it has gotten me to this point but, at the same time, I know people want something different.”

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The young players Chelsea purchased over the previous two transfer windows require time to adjust to the Premier League, and Potter also mentioned injuries as a factor in the team’s dismal performance.

“There is transition and there’s factors but, at the same time, when the team is losing and we’ve had the results we’ve had then you can also understand it,” Potter continued.

“We’ve invested in some young players, if you look at Enzo [Fernandez], [Noni] Madueke and [Mykhailo] Mudryk, they haven’t played that many games. They are learning to play in the Premier League.

“We’re managing quite an unprecedented injury list – so you have to manage that in the Premier League. All that is true but, unfortunately when you lose, it is not what people want to hear.”

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