Pep Guardiola urges Todd Boehly to give Graham Potter more time despite Chelsea’s poor run

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola urged Todd Boehly to give coach Graham Potter more time to improve his team despite Chelsea’s poor run. 

After Chelsea lost 4-0 to City, the second time in four days, Guardiola, who praised Potter at Brighton, encouraged the Blues to stick with him.

The Blues have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions and in that time have fallen down to 10th in the Premier League and exited both the FA and League Cup, resulting in calls for Potter to be sacked.

“I would say to Todd Boehly, give him time,” Guardiola said at his post match news conference.

“I know in big clubs, results are important but I’d say give him time.

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“The second half is what he is. What he’s done at Brighton is outstanding, but…we need time in the first season.

“I had (Lionel) Messi in Barcelona my first season so I didn’t need two seasons because Messi was there.”

He could point to an ongoing injury crisis which kept nine players out of this fixture and led to teenager Bashir Humphreys making his senior debut in defence, but Potter accepted Chelsea fans needed to see more.

“The results in a small space of time are not positive,” he said. “You can make excuses and look for reasons or say it isn’t good enough. Both of those answers are correct.

“We have to keep improving and stick together because clearly we are suffering as a football club and it’s not nice at all. But that’s where we are at the moment.

“We can’t do anything apart from do our jobs better and work harder. You understand the supporters’ frustration, we respect that. But our job is to do our job and keep working.”

At least Chelsea are not due to face City again until they return here in the league in May.

“This opponent is probably the worst opponent you can play when things aren’t going very well because they can make you look like you’re not running or not trying because their positional structure is brilliant,” Potter added.

Following Chelsea’s poor run of form, there are already calls by some sections of the fanbase asking for the immediate sack of the coach.


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