Chelsea head coach Graham Potter admired his team’s tenacity going forward but wants results
Despite scoring only four goals in their last 9 matches in all competitions, Chelsea boss Potter thinks they have been unlucky. However, Potter insisted that his players must make their own luck.
Chelsea to make their own luck, claims Graham Potter
Chelsea continued their bad run of form when they met Dortmund in the Champions League last-16 round on Wednesday. The Blues were denied by the Dortmund keeper 7 times which set a Champions League record. However, Despite their 1-0 loss to Dortmund, Potter appreciated that his team, who had 21 shots, was a threat going forward.
“I don’t like to use luck as something to wait for as you can’t control it,” Potter told reporters. “Clearly you need it.
“The Dortmund game was positive in terms of chances created. The criticism for us and the fair criticism is that we haven’t attacked as well as I would have liked us to. It was closer.
“We feel there’s progress, but you play a game and you need to win it.”
“We feel there’s progress, but you play a game and you need to win it. There is a lot going on, integrating new players and all of the time playing good opponents. That’s where we’re at.”
Despite their attacking woes, Potter has used his only out-and-out striker Aubameyang sparingly. He has also omitted him from Chelsea’s Champions League squad but insists that the former Arsenal captain is still a key player in his squad.
Yet Graham Potter said of the striker: “Pierre remains an important part of his squad. His attitude has been really good.
“There’s David [Datro] Fofana too who is a young player with potential. There are other forwards as well.”
Graham Potter was then asked about their must-win clash against Southampton at Stamford Bridge to help them secure European football, but he replied: “It’s a game we want to win. There’s no point in focusing on four months away.
“We’re focused on Southampton. We have to be ready for that challenge, to play at home and try to get three points.
“I thought the Dortmund performance away from home was another step forward, but we have a different challenge at the weekend. [We are] satisfied but [there is] always room to improve.
“Anything can come at you because they [Southampton] have a caretaker manager [Ruben Selles] and a week to prepare. We have no reference, that’s the challenge. I think there’s a big challenge coming our way.”