Chelsea “can’t feel sorry” for themselves – Graham Potter says

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Graham Potter has said that Chelsea “can’t feel sorry” for themselves following their 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa on Saturday. 

Potter had a front view of the action as his team were defeated by Unai Emery’s Villans via goals from Ollie Watkins alongside John McGinn in the 18th and the 56th minute respectively. 

Graham Potter
Graham Potter

Chelsea looked to be on the rise before the International break but this result has brought them back to ground zero as Aston Villa went above the Blues on the table.

Potter stated that Chelsea were second best in the game

In an interview after the game, Graham Potter told Sky Sports that they were second best during the entire duration of the game. 

He said: “Well, in both boxes we were second best. The first goal for them is disappointing from our perspective, but there’s a lot of good things in the game.

“We have to accept it the result and do better”.

Potter added, “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have a fantastic game on Tuesday home to Liverpool to put it right.” 

Chelsea play Liverpool next in the English Premier League and that encounter would be another big test for both sides as Liverpool were disgraced by Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad on Saturday. 

Fans of the West London side will be hoping to see a massive improvement from their team next Tuesday, after their abysmal showing against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. 

Graham Potter said: “If you look at the stats of the game it was a positive performance, but in terms of the scoreline it’s not. We’re all really disappointed.

“Of course. We want to win our home games. There was a positivity about us. The boys gave everything they could. 

“It wasn’t for a lack of effort, but at the same time we need to manage the small moments better. So the scoreline tells the story.”

Villa’s lack of ruthlessness made the scoreline look respectable

Chelsea should be thankful that the 2-0 scoreline was respectable as Unai Emery’s side weren’t ruthless in the first half of the encounter. 

Former Brighton boss, Graham Potter
Former Brighton boss, Graham Potter

Ukrainian attacker, Mhykailo Mudryk threw away a glorious chance to bring his side back in the game; his shot from the edge of the box was weak and directed at Emiliano Martinez. 

Ollie Watkins was given a massive chance while he played wide of the mark just minutes before he opened the floodgates at Stamford Bridge. 

Watkins crept behind the back-line of Chelsea and scored, beating Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal for Chelsea to shock the home fans. 

Afterwards, in the second half of proceedings, McGinn curled an effort from long range past the defence and Kepa to increase the lead for Aston Villa. 

Based on the win over Chelsea in West London, Aston Villa have risen to 9th on the Premier League table and they have usurped the Blues who have fallen to 11th on the league standings. 

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