'I take responsibility' - Chelsea's Potter after Villa loss

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Graham Potter holds his hands to his headChelsea yet again struggled successful beforehand of extremity against Aston Villa

It was the aforesaid aged communicative for Chelsea.

The chances were there, but the potency successful beforehand of extremity was not.

Against Aston Villa, they had 27 shots, with 8 connected target, and 69% of the possession. But they didn't score, and they mislaid 2-0.

Graham Potter's broadside dominated astatine Stamford Bridge, but decision means they person slipped into the bottommost fractional of the Premier League table.

Their scoring conflict has been a changeless this play - their 29 goals scored is little than 12 of their Premier League rivals and bettered by relegation strugglers Leeds United and Leicester City, who person notched 36 and 39 respectively.

They had an expected goals fig of 2.09 connected Saturday but were incapable to find the net.

Chelsea's issues proceed to heap the unit connected Potter, with the nine having spent much than £550m since Todd Boehly took implicit past summer.

Some sections of Stamford Bridge jeered the show with 'Potter out' trending connected societal media again station match.

The erstwhile Brighton brag took work for defeat, but erstwhile Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink backed the manager, saying they "must instrumentality with" Potter.

'We were second-best'

Chelsea person mislaid and failed to people successful 4 Premier League location games this play - that has lone happened doubly earlier since the competition's 1992 inception - successful 1994-95 and 2019-20.

Potter conceded that his side, who look Real Madrid successful the Champions League quarter-final this month, were not astatine their champion against Villa.

Ben Chilwell enactment the shot successful the nett for the Blues, but his effort was ruled retired for a propulsion connected the backmost of Ashley Young.

Mykhaylo Mudryk - signed successful January successful an £89m woody - squandered Chelsea's champion accidental erstwhile helium produced a tame effort portion one-on-one with Emiliano Martinez.

Kai Havertz and Joao Felix saw efforts saved, portion N'Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic missed chances.

"After a decision determination is ever a disappointment," Potter told Match of the Day. "There is ever a feeling we person not moved forward, that's just to say. We person to analyse the show and look astatine the things we've done good and what we tin bash better.

"Defensively we've near ourselves excessively unfastened but again if you look astatine the stats of the crippled we had chances ourselves, we had one-v-ones, but the astir important thing, putting the shot into the net, we were second-best.

"I don't similar to blasted anybody, I person to instrumentality responsibility. We are a team, we person to enactment together, we are together. We triumph oregon suffer together.

"We volition retrieve and we volition hole for the adjacent game. We request to respond, that's clear. But we look guardant to it."

Games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United stay successful Chelsea's last 10 fixtures, and the anticipation of European qualification appears to beryllium slipping away.

'You person to instrumentality with him'

Graham PotterChelsea person scored less goals than Leeds United and Leicester City

Despite Chelsea's troubles, erstwhile striker Hasselbaink remains supportive of Potter - and the players Chelsea person signed.

"Mudryk is not the finished article, helium has potential," Hasselbaink said connected Sky Sports. "He has outgo a batch of wealth but has had conscionable a fewer months successful this country. He needs to enactment connected it and needs the time. He is simply a young player.

"You person made a determination to bargain young players but you person to springiness them clip to marque mistakes. They won't beryllium champion thing. Potter is the antheral you wanted. You person to instrumentality with him due to the fact that you are going that way.

"If you support connected losing, you cognize however it works, though - rightly oregon wrongly. It is simply a results business."

Chelsea's attraction volition person to rapidly instrumentality to league action, with chap underperformers Liverpool adjacent up astatine Stamford Bridge connected Tuesday.

"In the archetypal half, they looked truly crisp but it is astir scoring goals," Hasselbaink added.

"For Chelsea it is precise hard to people goals. It is simply a occupation successful the last third, Chelsea don't get capable radical successful the box. It is not bully enough; you request to flood the box.

"It is simply a pugnacious 1 to instrumentality for Potter, trying to enactment brave and springiness positiveness to players. But erstwhile creating that galore chances, it is hard to take."

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