"Blame me, not the players" - Graham Potter

Chelsea's loss to Tottenham worsens their position, but owners stand by coach Graham Potter amid criticism.

"Blame me, not the players" - Graham Potter after another Chelsea loss
Graham Potter has made a U-Turn on the blame game and now takes full responsibility following Chelsea's 2-0 loss at Tottenham on Sunday. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)

Life at Chelsea went from bad to worse for Graham Potter on Sunday, but sources continue to confirm that the owners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, are in full support of the head coach and firmly believe it was always bound to get worse before it gets better.

Tottenham had lost three consecutive games to the Blues at the Tottenham Stadium and was itching to lay that ghost to rest.

Still without their manager Antonio Conte and Heung Min Son, who was again left on the bench, the hosts went for the jugular but couldn’t get the breakthrough until the second half.

Oliver Skipp scored his first ever Spurs goal, a beauty of a volley that stung the palm of Kepa Arrizabalaga before sailing in.

And Heung-Min Son came off the bench to send in a corner kick that was diverted to the path of Harry Kane by Eric Dier for the second.

There was a moment of melee in the closing stages of the first half, and rumbles would go on and on as to why Hakim Ziyech wasn’t sent off.

The Moroccan looked like he hit Emerson Royale in the face, and he was given a red card before the referee saw it again on the monitor and changed it to a yellow card.

The loss keeps Chelsea in tenth place and now fully in danger of missing out on Europe altogether.

While Tottenham now has a cushion in fourth as Newcastle now sits four points off the top four having played the same number of games.

Graham Potter believes the criticisms he’s getting are well deserved

"There's always that question [over the owner's loyalty], absolutely," Potter said. "You can't stop that question while the results are like there are and I accept it. It is part of the job. We were talking before the game about watching [the Amazon documentary] All or Nothing and Arsenal. Two years into Mikel's reign he's close to getting the sack, people wanted him out and it is a disaster.

"Obviously now, things have changed a little bit. That's just the way it is. Look at Jurgen's situation. He doesn't get results and all of a sudden people want him out. That's just the nature of football. I haven't done enough at this club to have too much good faith and I also accept that as well.

"My job is not to worry too much about that. I understand the question and where it comes from. I just try to focus on the team, keep supporting the players because I really like these players. They are good lads, they want to do better, they want to win but at the moment we are suffering. That's my responsibility."

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Chelsea's loss to Tottenham worsens their position, but owners stand by coach Graham Potter amid criticism.
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