Potter supports himself as Chelsea boss Boehly stands by his man for now

Graham Potter is optimistic that Todd Boehly will not prove as lucky as Roman Abramovich while Chelsea struggle to save the season.

Just one win in their last eight Premier League games has seen the Blues slip into the middle of the table, now 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United.

Hopes of reaching the Champions League qualifying places are fading, with Manchester City already knocked out of the EFL Cup, beaten in the league and could repeat the cure in the third round of the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Chelsea are still waiting for a Champions League round of 16 draw with Borussia Dortmund, but getting out of the current crisis is paramount, especially for Potter’s future as head coach.

He was snapped out of Brighton and Hove Albion in September after owner Boehly ditched Champions League-winning boss Thomas Tuchel, in a move that had echoes of the ruthlessness of the Abramovich era.

Chelsea, however, have been busy in the transfer market, which is a sign that they are willing to invest a lot to bring results, and Potter is the man responsible for winning.

He is surprised to find himself under intense scrutiny, saying “maybe he’s different to me for some reason” as he has indicated that Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta and Jürgen Klopp took time to build their teams at City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Now comparing Chelsea to the 19-year period when Abramovich was in charge, Potter said: “There is a completely different property than it used to be.

“It’s also hard for people to grasp because Chelsea was one thing for 20 years and now it’s suddenly different.

“But they still think about what happened 20 years ago. The reason I took this job was because you have the chance to shape a club that is in a huge period of transition.”

Potter said Chelsea had offered “fantastic” support and joked that billionaire Boehly was “smarter than me, that’s for sure”.

“They understand the challenges we face and the direction we want to go. I’ve been here for four months, five, six weeks of which have been lost to international football.”

“I think Pep was there a year before they won anything. And then of course Mikel and Jürgen took some time. But of course it may be different for me for some reason.”

Potter explained that he sometimes gets angry and emphasized that he was not “some kind of robot”, jokingly describing some reporters’ questions as “stupid”.

Addressing these reporters, Potter added: “There will always be people who doubt. There will be people here who will doubt, that’s for sure. But I’m certainly not here to convince anyone. I’m here to do my job, and if it convinces, fine.

“I am more convinced now that we can achieve something than when I started because I understand the club, I understand the players and I understand what is needed. But of course, with Chelsea’s past and management change, you can see why questions arise.”

Asked if he realized he was under pressure, Potter said: “I don’t know, I don’t read newspapers, I stay away from social media.”

But he knows that there are anti-aircraft missiles flying around and that some people will never notice the nuances.

“We’ve gone through a tremendous change,” said Potter. “Injury problems don’t make it easy to maintain stability. But it’s kind of blah blah blah. You know people want to see results and [they would say] “Shut up Graham, what are you talking about, we have to win.”

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