Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola gave his thoughts on Chelsea’s bad patch. The Spanish technician defended his Blues counterpart Graham Potter.
Only one success in eight games
Nothing is going well for Chelsea. Sunday, the club of the London capital suffered a heavy defeat on the ground of Manchester City (0-4), within the framework of the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Yet another underperformance for the Blues, who have gleaned only one victory in their last eight games in all competitions. Relegated to tenth place in the Premier League, 19 points behind leader Arsenal, Thiago Silva’s partners are currently experiencing a painful 2022-2023 season, a record just improved by a qualification for the knockout stages of the League of Nations. champions against the Germans of Borussia Dortmund (February 15 / March 7).
“Give it time”
The change of coach does not bear fruit. Chosen on September 8 to take over from the German Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter does not allow Chelsea to raise their heads. In 18 games led, the English technician has gleaned only eight victories, for four draws and six defeats. Does this mean that the former manager of Brighton and Hove Albion is already living his last moments on the side of Stamford Bridge? While waiting for a decision to be made on his fate, Josep Guardiola has agreed to discuss the situation of his counterpart. In front of the media, the Spanish technician of the Citizens asked the leaders of Chelsea not to dismiss him.
“I would say to Todd Boehly (Chelsea owner) it was a pleasure to meet him, so give him some time. I know at big clubs results are important but I would say, give it time. What he did at Brighton was outstanding. All managers need time. We need time every season. At Barca, because I had Messi, I didn’t need two seasons, one was enough. Playing against City at this level is not easy for Graham, for Chelsea or for any team.