Graham Potter responds to Chelsea fans singing Thomas Tuchel’s name during FA Cup defeat to Manchester City


    Manchester City v Chelsea: Emirates FA Cup Third Round
    Chelsea boss Graham Potter is a man under pressure (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

    Graham Potter says he is sure he can win over Chelsea supporters despite them chanting for the return of Thomas Tuchel during their FA Cup exit to Manchester City.

    Chelsea were thrashed by City 4-0 at the Etihad on Sunday, courtesy of goals from Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden.

    The Blues looked completely and utterly out of their depth, managing just three shots, one on target, in the whole match, and fans quickly turned their fury on Potter.

    Away fans chanted Tuchel’s name, with many supporters still feeling their former manager was unfairly sacked back in September, and also sang for ex-owner Roman Abramovich.

    The chants were impossible for Potter and his team to ignore and he addressed the matter in his post-match press conference, saying: ‘We can’t do anything but do our jobs better and work harder.

    ‘We understand the supporters frustration but our job is to do our job. There are always other opinions, criticism and negativity, but that’s part of the challenge.

    ‘It’s always challenging in the Premier League and it’s always challenging here. I understand their frustration and I understand when you look at results and the team performance today that it is far away from Manchester City.

    ‘That’s clear. We have to focus on the next day, the next match. We play on Thursday and it’s an important game for us.

    ‘We need to stay together as group, support each other, and I’m sure we will get the support of the supporters when we see good performances and results.’

    Chelsea v Club América - Preseason Friendly
    Thomas Tuchel’s sacking did not go down well with Chelsea fans (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Chelsea have now won just one of their last seven games and currently it 10th in the table, 10 points off the Champions League spots, and up next, they travel to in form local rivals Fulham.

    ‘Well, the results in terms of the Premier League aren’t positive,’ Potter added.

    ‘Like I’ve said, you can make excuses and look for reasons or you can say it’s not good enough.

    ‘Both of those answers are correct so we have to keep improving and stick together because clearly we’re suffering as a football club and it’s not nice at all. That’s where we’re at at the moment.’

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