Graham Potter is in danger of losing the Chelsea dressing room with a number of players upset that they were left out of the matchday squad for Sunday’s loss to Tottenham.
The west London club’s miserable form continued in north London as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at what is usually a happy hunting ground, with Oliver Skipp and Harry Kane both netting.
Chelsea’s owners are still believed to be backing Potter to turn things around, though doubts are beginning to creep in and he now faces two crunch matches.
The Blues cannot afford to drop points again when 17th placed Leeds United visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Potter will also be expected to turn around Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.
But gaining some positive momentum could be difficult with the Telegraph reporting that a number of Chelsea players are becoming increasingly agitated.
Potter feels his bloated squad has created issues in training and it is also a problem around games, with a number of players forced to miss out on the matchday squads due to the sheer volume of players the manager has at his disposal.
On Sunday, there was a surprise recall for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the matchday squad but that meant Carney Chukwuemeka and David Datro Fofana were both omitted.
Mateo Kovacic was also left out – which Potter claimed was a result of illness – while Trevoh Chalobah and Marc Cucurella did not make the squad either.
According to the Telegraph’s report, those decisions ‘provoked frustration and anger’ among ‘more than one’ of the players who were left out, with some ‘shocked’ when they were told they would not even be on the substitutes’ bench.
This issue will only get worse for Potter over the coming weeks with N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic edging closer to returns, while Cesar Azpilicueta will be available again after suffering concussion against Southampton.
The report also claims some of Chelsea’s new signings have been left stunned by the pressure they have already being placed under since joining.
Although Potter is generally well-liked among the squad, there is a feeling that there would be no way back for the former Brighton boss if the club were to suffer two more defeats against Leeds and Borussia Dortmund.
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