Graham Potter addresses Chelsea’s massive injury list after Man City’s loss.
Graham Potter addresses Chelsea’s growing injury list after Man City defeat.
After Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Thursday night, Graham Potter’s poor luck with injuries persisted as both Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic were taken out in the first half.
Riyad Mahrez scored the game’s lone goal at Stamford Bridge, and despite the Blues’ heroic efforts against the Premier League champions that evening, they were defeated.
However, Sterling and Pulisic had to be substituted throughout the first 20 minutes of the game because of injuries. Due to an injury sustained in training on Wednesday, Mason Mount also missed the game.
With Chelsea struggling to find their form, these three join a long list of absentees for Potter, including Reece James and Wesley Fofana.
“It’s tough at the moment I must admit, I feel for the boys,” said Potter on Sky Sports after the loss.
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“We have to stick together. It’s disappointing to lose those guys but the players on the pitch, those that came in gave everything and that’s all you can ask for.”
It’s been difficult for The Blues manager since taking over at The Bridge but he stated that they cannot grumble about having so many first-team players out of action.
“We can’t complain about it, we just have to get on with it,” Potter responded when asked about the growing list of injuries. “The boys on the pitch gave everything and did what we asked them to do and Manchester City don’t give you much.
“When you consider everything, losing Raheem [Sterling] and Christian [Pulisic] so early, the lads gave everything. It was a spirited performance against a top team, so apart from the result I’m proud of the players.”
Chelsea is now ranked 10th in the Premier League and will play Fulham, Crystal Palace, and Liverpool later this month.
In the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s team will face Potter’s team in Manchester for the second straight time.