By Michael Graham
Graham Potter has rejected any suggestions that his Chelsea players aren’t trying after another terrible performance.
Chelsea were demolished 4-0 in the FA Cup by Manchester City, and the performance was so lackluster as to question the attitudes of the players.
Potter, however, doesn’t believe he’s lost the dressing room yet and says Man City’s quality made him look much worse than he actually is.
“This opponent is the worst opponent you can play when things aren’t going well because they can make it look like you’re not trying,” Potter said after the Manchester City strike.
“I’m working with players and I don’t feel the sense of any player with a bad attitude.
“Everyone wants to try and do better, but we are going through a bad time and in these moments you need someone to blame.
“Results in a short period of time are not positive. You can make excuses and look for reasons, or you can say it’s not good enough and both answers are correct.
“Clearly we are suffering as football and it’s not good but that’s where we are at the moment.”
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During the game there were some chants for former boss Thomas Tuchel, as well as former owner Roman Abramovich.
Potter, however, says Chelsea need to understand the Chelsea frustrations of fans as they tirelessly try to change them.
“We can do nothing but do our job better and work harder,” he said. “We understand the fans’ frustration, but our job is to do our job. There are always other opinions, criticisms and negativity, but that’s part of the challenge.
“It’s always difficult in the Premier League and it’s always difficult here. I understand their frustration and I understand when you look at the team’s results and performance today that it’s a long way off Manchester City. It’s clear.
“We have to focus on the next day, on the next game. We play on Thursday and it’s an important match for us. We have to stay together as a group, support each other and I’m sure we will get the support of the fans when we see good performances and results.”
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Graham Potter dismisses allegations that Chelsea are not trying.