Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Chelsea’s Potter pissed off by his defence in Everton draw

Chelsea coach Graham Potter was left to rue poor defending that value his aspect two factors in a 2-2 draw at house to Everton on Saturday that set again the Blues’ revival from their dramatic stoop in kind.

Chelsea created a string of possibilities however did not convert earlier than the break. They appeared to be on their approach to one other three factors after they went 1-0 within the 52nd minute when on-loan Portugal winger Joao Felix’s shot hit a publish and went in.

However Everton equalised 17 minutes later when Abdoulaye Doucoure headed house after a nook that was headed again throughout the Chelsea field by James Tarkowski.

Then, with Chelsea again in entrance after a Kai Havertz penalty made it 2-1, Everton substitute Ellis Simms took benefit of area within the 89th minute to carry off Kalidou Kouibaly and blast a shot previous Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

“Ultimately, the first goal is really disappointing from a set-piece perspective. We talked about that before the game. And then the second goal, we haven’t attacked well enough and then exposed ourselves to a big space to defend and we haven’t done it well enough,” Potter mentioned.

“When you look at how much we put into the game, how much we tried to attack, to be cheap with the goals we conceded is frustrating,” he mentioned.

The draw left Chelsea in tenth spot within the Premier League, 11 factors adrift of Tottenham Hotspur within the fourth of the highest 4 Champions League qualifying spots, though they’ve performed a recreation lower than their North London rivals.

Potter mentioned he was inspired by the general efficiency regardless of the setbacks of the 2 Everton equalisers.

“I think results-wise, it’s a step back because we wanted to win. But performance-wise it’s step forward. There was a lot good in the game. We attacked well,” he mentioned.

Hypothesis was rife a month in the past that Potter’s days at Stamford Bridge have been numbered after a run of solely two wins in 15 league matches. However three wins in a row – two within the Premier League and one within the Champions League, incomes them a quarter-final in opposition to Actual Madrid – had eased a number of the stress.

Potter mentioned hoped that defender Wesley Fofana, who was substituted two minutes earlier than Everton’s equaliser, had suffered nothing greater than cramp. Fofana was named within the France senior worldwide squad for the primary time this week.

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