Imagine Chelsea with another elite manager to see if Potter is doing a good enough job. Arteta – 4-3-3 turned 3-2-5 & 4-4-1-1 off the ball – GK; James, Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella; Mount, Enzo, Kovacic; Sterling, Felix, Mudryk. WOW.
Another Chelsea game, another overly fluid Chelsea performance. Potter averages four substitutions per game and employs a new system each week. Give Pep, Arteta, Klopp, Tuchel, ten Hag, or any other non-elite manager this group of players, and they’ll have them playing sensationally in no time.
The plan made sense on paper, but football isn’t played on paper. The plan was to create a 6v5 overload against Spurs’ last line of five, but Loftus-Cheek and Zakaria played alongside Enzo the entire game, meaning the right half space was frequently occupied.
Chelsea were toothless on that side because he was absent.
Despite Tottenham Hotspurs being a team that does not press in settled play and is often easy to keep the ball against and pin back, Chelsea did not create a single good chance. Despite having 60% of the ball and some fantastic players on the pitch and on the bench, they created nothing.
Chelsea fans took to social media to demand that Blues manager Graham Potter be fired after a string of disastrous results.