Thursday, March 30, 2023

Guardiola tells Chelsea to again Potter after FA Cup exit

Pep Guardiola instructed Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly to again under-fire boss Graham Potter after Manchester Metropolis thrashed the Blues 4-0 within the FA Cup third spherical on Sunday.

Potter’s troubled aspect was overwhelmed by Metropolis for the second time in 4 days as its hopes of successful a home cup this season got here to a painful finish.

Already knocked out of the League Cup by Metropolis in November and defeated 1-0 by the Premier League champions on Thursday, Chelsea’s turbulent season was pushed deeper into disaster as Guardiola’s males ran riot on the Etihad Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez began the demolition with a positive free-kick earlier than Julian Alvarez’s penalty and a Phil Foden strike made it 3-0 earlier than half-time.

Mahrez’s late spot-kick capped Chelsea’s first FA Cup third spherical exit since 1998 after it had completed runner-up within the competitors for the final three years.

With Chelsea languishing in tenth place within the Premier League — 10 factors adrift of the highest 4 — Potter is already starting to really feel the warmth simply 4 months after changing the sacked Thomas Tuchel.

The previous Brighton supervisor will hardly have been comforted by the sound of Chelsea followers chanting Tuchel’s title and sarcastically shouting “shoot” every time they launched into a uncommon assault throughout their newest abject defeat.

Chelsea has received solely three of their final 12 video games in all competitions, however Guardiola got here to Potter’s help as he urged the Blues hierarchy to present him time to make his strategies work.

“I would say to Todd Boehly, give him time. I know in big clubs, results are important but I’d say give him time,” Guardiola stated.

“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.”

‘We are suffering’

Chelsea didn’t muster a single shot in a primary half even Potter described as “painful”.

Potter might level to an damage disaster which stored 9 gamers sidelined and led to teenager Bashir Humphreys making his senior debut in defence.

However the 47-year-old conceded performances should enhance rapidly.

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

“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.”

Insisting he nonetheless has the backing of his gamers, Potter added: “I think there is support in the dressing room.

“We are just going through a bad moment. We have to stick together and keep working.”

In the meantime, the Soccer Affiliation will examine alleged incidents of homophobic chanting by Metropolis followers.

“We strongly condemn the use of the term ‘rent boy’ and we are determined to drive it out of our game,” an FA spokesperson stated.

“We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as the UK Football Policing Unit, in relation to the use of this term.”

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