For his return to Brighton, Graham Potter saw his new team being shredded by his former players (4-1). A nightmare scenario, which shows that all is not so well at Chelsea.

“I may not be able to convince you all to forgive my departure, but I would like to at least take this opportunity to thank you. I hope you will understand that at this stage of my career, I felt that I had to take this new opportunity. » In an open letter published on September 11, Graham Potter spoke directly to Brighton supporters, trying somehow to get rid of his surprising departure to Chelsea. Difficult, because at this time of the season, the Seagulls pointed to an astonishing fourth place in the Premier League and even had a three-point lead over the Blues. As a consolation, those who are lucky enough to admire Leandro Trossard every weekend have seen Roberto De Zerbi land on their bench, renowned for being a follower of possession and ball exits from the back. Suffice to say that Brighton-Chelsea this Saturday had its share of surprises and drama. And we were not disappointed.

Cross trajectories

Several weeks after those announcements, Potter got Chelsea back on track, still going unbeaten since his arrival. For De Zerbi, the beginnings in England were more delicate, he who did not know the victory in six meetings. But the balance of power is one thing, the terrain is another: the Blues completely freaked out at Amex Stadium. 3-0 at the break, 4-1 in the end, injured Kepa Arrizabalaga, a desperate defense and a blatant inability to punish the spaces left by the locals: Chelsea offered their worst performance in ages. As if Potter had himself been tactically punished by the precepts he left to his successor. “It’s a loss that hurts. Once the public was unleashed, it was very complicated for us. Brighton had a good game, especially in the first half.” , analyzed the interested party after the game. In the stands, the local supporters also took advantage of the scenario to kindly sing their former coach: “You’re getting sacked in the morning (“You’ll be fired tomorrow morning”). » To which Potter felt compelled to retort: “I don’t have to apologize for leaving. I think I did a good job at the club, left it in a good position, but people are entitled to their opinions. »

Injuries missing and a Sterling to be found

If the thesis of the mishap is admissible, there are nevertheless many points to be settled for Chelsea, who fail to show a convincing face despite positive results. Symbol of this Saturday’s debacle, Raheem Sterling is only a shadow of himself since the arrival of Potter, who did diplomacy this week to defend his player: “Rather than focusing on just one player, I always like to watch how the team plays, how the team functions. We need to improve in this area, and this progression can help everyone, including Raheem. » Already qualified in the round of 16 of C1, theBlues will now be able to fully focus on the next two crucial league days during which they will face Arsenal then Newcastle, two direct opponents for a European place at the end of the season. All this while having to deal with the long injuries of Reece James, Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kanté and Wesley Fofana. Complicated, even with Potter’s wand in hand.

By Alexandre Lejeune


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