“You Are Confusing Your Players” Graham Potter Told On His Tactics At Chelsea
Graham Potter, now Chelsea manager, might have reconsidered leaving Brighton in the first place if he had known he would be treated to such a humiliating defeat as that witnessed on Saturday on his return.
A goal in the early minutes of the game by Trossard launched the traumatic evening for the London boys, who would proceed to concede two more goals by their own men in the first half. Trevor Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both of Chelsea, deflected balls that had been swung across the face of the goal past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
A goal from Chelsea at the start of the second half raised hopes, but that’s where it stopped. Gross sealed it for Brighton with a late strike. The strike also confirmed the end of Potter’s unblemished spell at the bridge.
But Arsenal Legend Ian Wright thinks Potter’s tactics doesn’t seem clear to his players.
“Well, the wing-backs – we’ve seen they’ve used a variety of wing-backs this season and when you look at their bench they’ve got [Cesar] Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell,” Wright told Match of the Day. “But they started with [Christian] Pulisic and [Raheem] Sterling and I found that very confusing.
“And when you watch what they do, and when you look at the positions they were taking up, they weren’t really helping [Trevoh] Chalobah or [Marc] Cucurella or Thiago Silva. And what was happening was they [the centre-backs] were getting pulled all over the place.”