“Take that criticism” – Graham Potter understands heat from Chelsea fans

Pressure and heat comes as a natural part of the job when you take the role as Chelsea manager, expectations will forever be high.

It doesn’t matter what fans are reading and hearing in the media about a club in transition, when Chelsea go through such a poor run of form as they are doing now, and it is topped off with losing at home to a team who are currently bottom of the league, then that pressure and heat is always going to be ramped up to an unbearable level from supporters.

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That’s where we are right now, with many Blues fans calling for Potter to be sacked. And the Chelsea head coach has admitted that he is feeling the pressure and he understands it.

In words cited by The Evening Standard, Potter said: “I am not stupid or naive. My job is to keep going and keep helping and supporting the team and take that criticism.

“You can only be yourself and try your best while being yourself.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“I know my quality and I know what I have done in my career but I also understand than when results don’t go your way that you are open to criticism and that’s fair.

“It is not acceptable to lose 1-0 at home here and any criticism I get is now fair.”

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