Graham Potter convinced of Chelsea dressing room support as Thomas Tuchel sings loudly

Graham Potter has insisted he still has Chelsea backing after their hard-fought defeat away to Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Chelsea lost 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium and the pressure is building on Potter.

Away fans chanted for former manager Thomas Tuchel as well as Roman Abramovich as Potter battles to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.

Asked if his players are still giving their best, Potter denied that his team is losing tools, despite the atmosphere at the club becoming increasingly negative.

Potter said: “This opponent is probably the worst opponent you can play against when things aren’t going well because they can make it feel like you’re not running or trying because their positional structure is brilliant, they use the full width of the pitch, keep the ball and make it difficult putting pressure on them.

“In the end it’s easy to do, but I work with players and I don’t understand people with a bad attitude. Everyone wants to try to do something better.

“I think there is support in the dressing room, we just go through a bad moment and sometimes when you have moments like this you need someone to blame, something to blame and I understand where the question comes from.

“But at the same time, we have to stick together and keep working.”

Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital are believed to be trying to build a new era at Stamford Bridge around Potter and have insisted that it be given time.

Potter had previously urged outsiders to understand that the approach to hiring and firing under Roman Abramovich had changed with the club’s direction.

But Potter had to respond to the rebellious atmosphere among Chelsea fans, with cries of “Super Tommy Tuchel” and “Roman Abramovich” heard away.

“There’s nothing we can do but do our job better and work harder,” he said. “We understand the frustration of the fans, it’s understandable and we will respect that.

“Our job is to do our job, keep working, see the situation as it is, and of course there are always other opinions, negativity and criticism because the results have not been positive. It’s part of the job and the challenge.

“Grams [Fulham] on Thursday and it’s an important game for us. We need to stay together as a group, support each other and I’m sure we will get support from the fans when we see good performances and results.

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