Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged Chelsea to give Graham Potter more time after the Cityzens inflicted a heavy defeat on the Blues and knocked them out of FA Cup.
Chelsea, who had slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League earlier last week, squared off with the same opposition in the FA Cup third round on Sunday. This time, the Blues suffered a heavier defeat as Manchester City trounced Graham Potter and co. 4-0.
Chelsea’s slump in form has added pressure on Graham Potter, who took charge of the club in September after the Blues parted ways with Thomas Tuchel. He enjoyed a rather impressive start to his life as the Chelsea manager as the Blues remained unbeaten in his first nine games in charge of the club.
However, Chelsea have suffered six defeats in the next nine games, and the west London outfit finds themselves 10th in the Premier League tables. They have also been knocked out of FA Cup and EFL Cup.
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“He’s right” – Pep Guardiola urges Chelsea to give Graham Potter more time to turn things around
Speaking after Manchester City secured their passage to the next stage of the FA Cup after demolishing Chelsea, Pep Guardiola urged the Blues to give Graham Potter more time to turn things around.
“He’s right, he’s right,” Pep Guardiola said when asked about Graham Potter asking for more time. “Give him time. I know at big clubs results are important but give him time.
“What he did at Brighton was outstanding, but all the managers need time he is right. In Barcelona, I didn’t need two seasons because I had [Lionel] Messi there.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea are 19 points behind table-toppers Arsenal in the Premier League points table. While the Gunners have 44 points from 17 matches, Chelsea only have 25 points from 17 games.
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They are also 14 points behind defending Premier League champions Manchester City, who sit behind Arsenal and are second in the points table. Chelsea also trail Manchester United, who sit fourth, by 10 points. The Red Devils have 35 points from 17 matches.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League round-of-16 after finishing top of the points table in Group E. The Premier League side will face Borussia Dortmund, who progressed from the group stage after finishing second in Group G that also had Man City, in the round of 16.