Graham Potter must be wondering when his luck will turn around.
Former Chelsea forward Joe Cole expressed what many of the team’s supporters, including Potter, will be thinking.
A terrible run of results, disgruntled fans, a growing injury list, and now their star new signing is suspended for three games after receiving a red card on his debut.
After losing 2-1 to west London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage, Chelsea, the European champions a year and a half ago, is now in 10th place in the Premier League. Once again, the Blues were the ones who caused their own demise.
Prior to lunging and striking Fulham defender Kenny Tete on the shin and receiving a straight red card, Portuguese winger Joao Felix had been Chelsea’s best player and at the center of their best attacking moments.
Joao was having a terrific influence, so to lose him for three games is incredibly upsetting, said Potter. “The hits keep coming,”
“It’s a football action that can happen, and he didn’t want to damage anyone.
“It’s where we stand in terms of what might occur for us. Another hit has been dealt; at the time, there are several hits. We are in pain.
Although there was no intent in the forward’s tackle, I can see why it received a red card. It is doubly upsetting for us because he was so good and his quality was evident during the game.
While Willian, an ex-player of Chelsea, scored with a deflected shot after Trevoh Chalobah and young fullback Lewis Hall failed to clear the ball, Chelsea fell behind despite being the superior team.
However, Chelsea appeared to be in control as Potter’s team tied the score just two minutes into the second half thanks to Kalidou Koulibaly’s swift response after Mason Mount’s free kick had struck the post.
Joao Felix, who only joined Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, was dismissed before the hour mark, and Carlos Vinicius headed home the winning goal for the hosts in the 72nd minute, so the advantage did not last long.
Moments are not in Potter’s favor.
Joao Felix tried six shots (purple circles), four of which were on target (green lines), one of which was blocked (blue line), and one of which was off aim (red line). He made two successful triangle dribbles and was whistled for four fouls (pentagons).
Joao Felix attempted six attempts in the second half, four of which were successful (green lines), one was blocked (blue line), and one was off-target (red line). He made two successful triangle dribbles and was whistled for four fouls (pentagons).
Cole continued, “That red card moment transformed the game. “Joao Felix was outstanding; from what I saw in his 59 minutes, I can already tell that he will be a good addition to Chelsea.
“Being down to 10 players in the Premier League is challenging because different areas of the field are becoming congested.
“Graham Potter’s circumstances are not favorable, and a change is necessary. For the team to regain confidence, they require a miraculous victory or goal.
Although Potter expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance, he acknowledged that this was yet another chance lost to secure a much-needed victory.
“I believe we controlled the game early, won the ball back high, generated some opportunities, perhaps missed the last pass,” he remarked. We committed a few errors that served their purpose.
“I believe we responded effectively in the second half, but the game is changed by the red card. It makes things a little harder for us, but I thought the application was pretty strong once we narrowed it down to 10.
I think we could have done better and that is what cost us, therefore I’m dissatisfied with the goal.
“We must continue our efforts. There is no other option; you must continue to work, remain a team, and attempt to secure the three points.
Zakaria increases Chelsea’s concern over injuries
Potter is also concerned about Chelsea’s injury issues as loaned Juventus player Denis Zakaria left the game limping off early in the second half, with Chelsea unsure of the severity of the injury.
However, there is a chance that another player will join the list of injured players, which also includes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (hand), defenders Ben Chilwell (hamstring), Reece James (leg), and Wesley Fofana (knee), midfielders N’Golo Kante (hamstring) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (calf), and forwards Raheem Sterling (muscle injury), Christian Pulisic (knee injury), and (cruciate ligament).