Chelsea eye Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti as a potential replacement for Graham Potter
Calciomercatoweb (h/t Football.London) reports that Chelsea are keeping an eye on Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti as a prospective replacement for Graham Potter, who is now under a lot of pressure.
After the team’s loss on Saturday against a Southampton team that is fιghting for its survival in the league, the pressure has been ratcheted up on Potter to immediately turn the team’s fortunes around.
The Blues have only won two of their last 14 league games, which is a performance that cannot be considered satisfactory under any circumstances. After the World Cup, they have only managed to score six goals in a total of eleven games.
Despite all of this, a story from the Telegraph that was published a few days ago stated that the owners of Chelsea have no intention of firing Potter. Before passing judgment on his performance, they believe that he should first go through a preseason with the team that is now active. Potter traveled all the way from Brighton to join the cast after the season had already begun.
Notwithstanding the support he has received, the former manager of Swansea City appears to be treading dangerously close to the edge of the cliff. In the event that they lose to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, the amount of pressure might increase to a new level.
Paul Merson, a commentator on Sky Sports, has speculated that if Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea team loses against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, it will be Potter’s final game in charge of the club. It’s possible that a lot of Blues supporters feel that way.
At the moment, we are 11 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and we are behind Borussia Dortmund in the last-16 tie of the Champions League. The upcoming games will determine Potter’s initial legacy at Stamford Bridge and are therefore very significant.
It is like comparing apples and oranges when we consider what his possible successor, Spalletti, is accomplishing at Napoli. The 63-year-old has constructed a winning machine in Naples, which is currently dominating both the league and the Champions League. These victories are coming at will. They are well positioned to win the Scudetto and have a good chance of doing well in Europe as well.
When it comes to Potter, it is not necessary to look very far ahead. To begin, the team needs to string together a few victories and win back the trust of both the fans and the players in the locker room.