Graham Potter makes Pep Guardiola and Man City comparison amid Chelsea pressure

The Chelsea manager has endured a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge, his side currently 10th in the Premier League with just one win in eight and out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup – both, incidentally, at the hands of City.

Chelsea&aposs long-standing reputation for ruthlessly disposing of managers, albeit under the previous ownership, and the enormous summer outlay under Todd Boehly has increased pressure on the 47-year-old going into Thursday&aposs London derby against Fulham. But speaking ahead of that trip to Craven Cottage, Potter referenced Guardiola and the bedding-in period the Catalan experienced during his first season in England, in 2016-17.

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“You have to understand it&aposs part of the job,” Potter told the press when asked about the criticism. “You have to look at my colleagues in a similar position, Pep was criticised in his first season, Mikel [Arteta], Jurgen Klopp in his early seasons.

“Football is emotional and when you lose you don&apost think about it, you feel it: the pain, discomfort. Sometimes it&aposs hard to understand the why and it&aposs easier to blame somebody.

“I&aposm not saying I&aposve been perfect but it&aposs always very complex. You try to put it into perspective and remember I am capable. The results haven&apost been good enough for us and you have to respect and deal with that.”

Guardiola joined City in the summer of 2016 and spent over 170million in his first season at the Etihad, but ultimately failed to keep pace with either Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea – the latter of which he ended the season 15 points behind – ending the campaign in third.

A run of one win in four through New Year&aposs Eve and January 2017 left City fifth and fighting for a Champions League place, while a round-of-16 elimination in Europe at the hands of Monaco – the Ligue 1 side&aposs 3-1 home win sending them through on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw – and failure to make the finals of either cup left Guardiola trophy-less for the first and only time in his managerial career.

The City boss has won four of the five league titles on offer since, adding both FA and League Cup glory to his and the Etihad&aposs trophy cabinet.


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