The Chelsea dressing room is “broken” and Graham Potter must “stick with his vision” to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.
That’s according to former Blues midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who believes the form of Potter’s side, which sees them languishing in tenth in the Premier League, is proof that the relationships between the players are not good.
“I think the new players and the old players are not making a good relationship with one another,” Petit told Premier League Odds.
“Potter needs to stick with his vision and not change every single game. Mudryk played well the first two games then he was on the bench, what’s that going to do for his confidence? You need to stick with his vision and he must bring back the confidence to his players, as many are lost on the pitch.
“Hakim Ziyech looked miserable on the pitch [against Tottenham] and escaped a red card. There needs to be a positive dynamic but even Kai Havertz, who’s playing as a centre-forward, doesn’t look great. [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang when he played against Man United looked so frustrated.
“Since Aubameyang left Arsenal he did good things with Barcelona, but he won’t go back there and he looks angry and like he doesn’t want to be at Chelsea. Something has been broken at Chelsea and it’s affecting the dressing room.”
The Daily Telegraph claims that Potter is coming under scrutiny from inside his own dressing room as well as above in the Chelsea boardroom.
The report claims:
‘Chelsea’s run is not just testing the faith of the owners, with senior players said to be concerned over whether or not Potter can turn the situation around, new signings shocked by the pressure they are already under and anger among those who are having to be left out of the matchday squad.’
It is understood that ‘more than one of the players left out of the matchday squad for the Spurs game were shocked to find out they would not even be on the substitutes’ bench.’
The report describes the matches against Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund as ‘make or break’ for Potter. The Telegraph added:
‘Given the current circumstances, that feels significant enough and even if he were not sacked immediately after the Dortmund game if Chelsea have failed to win either of their next two matches, those around the club, including players, believe there would ultimately be no way back.’