Graham Potter responds to Stamford Bridge booing

February 18, 2023

If you thought the discontent was bad at half time, the reaction at full time was ten times stronger.

Chelsea had just lost 1-0 to Southampton at home. that’s bad. But the context of it is so much worse.

You can’t say these fans haven’t been patient. They’re watching a manager with unprecedented resources set new records for bad results, week after week. The team can’t score goals, it can’t defend, it looks broken mentally.

Fans can be too harsh – they usually are. in this case they’re justified, and even Potter himself can’t deny it.

“After a 1-0 defeat at home, any criticism you get is understandable. We’ve had a tough period and are integrating young players into the Premier League. When results don’t go your way it’s tough,” he responded when asked about the wall of dissatisfaction that rolled down from the Matthew Harding at full time.

“I’m not arrogant enough to say that their opinion isn’t worth articulating. My job is to help the team and work through a team period. The truth is we took as step back with our performance in the first half. Our response in the second half was good, but it wasn’t enough.

Unfortunately, even trying to point to the positives just comes off as fairly pathetic. Yes Graham, the half where we drew 0-0 with managerless 20th placed Southampton was better than the first half where we lost 1 r than the first half where we lost 1-0. Unfortunately, that’s cold comfort to us.