Over the World Cup, Chelsea boss Graham Potter should have been thinking about an azure sea – instead he was thinking of his Blues back home.
A run of three consecutive defeats meant the west Londoners ended the pre-tournament period on a low.
He has been backed by the club over the break during a meeting with co-owner Behdad Eghbali in California.
But that didn’t stop the club’s form creeping into his thoughts while he was on a getaway with his family.
Speaking to reporters, Potter said: ‘I would rather have gone on holiday with a couple of wins behind me, because I probably would have been better company for my poor wife.
‘As it was, I’m staring into the Pacific Ocean, and she’s thinking about what a wonderful time we’re having, and I’m thinking about Chelsea Football Club.’
He added: “But thankfully she’s been with me long enough to know that that’s how it is, and then you have to use the pain, the frustration, the disappointment of the last few weeks to say ‘OK, how can we go forward?’
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“And then, like anything, a bit of distance gives you that time, a bit of perspective, and then it’s about how you can start the process of integrating all the players back and taking the learning of that time and saying ‘OK, we need to show some direction here’.”
Chelsea will attempt to get back to winning ways on December 27 against Bournemouth – a game you listen to live and exclusively on talkSPORT.
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