‘Guardiola, Klopp and Arteta had it easier’ claims Chelsea boss Potter

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    Graham Potter reckons the pressure on him at the start of his Chelsea reign is greater than it was for several other coaches at elite Premier League clubs.

    A 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Thursday left the Blues with one win in eight league games and sitting tenth in the table – TEN points adrift of fourth-place Manchester United.

    But while some have been quick to put the boot into Potter’s so-far brief spell, Potter remains defiant -and positive.

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    Compared to Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta, he feels he is being judged sooner than they were in their current jobs.

    Neither City’s Guardiola nor Liverpool counterpart Klopp won anything in their first year in England.

    And although Arteta did lift the FA Cup after only eight months as Arsenal manager, two turbulent campaigns followed before this season’s amazing, sudden rise to the summit.

    Potter's made his claim after being asked if Chelsea’s new American owners, led by Todd Boehly, appreciated the long-term picture in west London as opposed to demanding immediate success.

    The Chelsea head coach, whose troops face City again today in the FA Cup third round, said: “Yes. The owners are billionaires, so they are quite smart. Smarter than me, for sure.

    “So they understand the challenges we have and the direction we want to go in. I’ve been here four months and five or six weeks of that have been lost to international football.

    “Pep was there a year before they won anything and Mikel and Jurgen took a bit of time. But, obviously, it’s maybe different for me – for some reason.

    “But I don’t put a timescale on it. I know the responsibility we have here but also know that I am capable. I know the quality I have and I have the full support of the owners, the players, and the staff here.”

    Certainly, the Stamford Bridge faithful appeared to be behind Potter’s men during a tight loss to City – thanks to a vastly-improved performance following a poor draw at struggling Nottingham Forest.

    Potter was clearly delighted with that atmosphere as he revealed he is more sure than ever that he has the faith of his big-spending employers.

    The ex-Brighton and Swansea coach, who succeeded Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel in September, went on: “I don’t think I’d have left my previous job if I didn’t think there was a chance the owners would give their support.

    “I think they’re absolutely in line with where we’re at, in line with what we want to do.

    “I’m more confident now that we can achieve things than I was when I started the job because I understand the club, the players and understand what’s needed.

    “But obviously with the past of Chelsea, with the changes in management, you can see why there are questions.

    “But I’ve been here four months. If people are going to judge me on those terms and in that time period, when you consider how many games we’ve had and the challenges we’ve had, that’s fine.

    “I can give you a counter argument in terms of my career and in terms of what I’ve achieved and the people in the game who would consider my quality.

    “But I also know that people will dislike it for whatever reason. All I do know is that I have the total support of the guys above – and the players and the staff.”


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