Chelsea manager Graham Potter’s unbeaten run of eight games has ended on his return to Amex Stadium after a shocking defeat of 4-1 at the hands of Brighton. Severe boos from the Brighton fans marked his return.
An early goal by Trossad in the 4th minute was enough to destabilize Chelsea as they were lucky not to have conceded more goals after Thiago Silva made two critical goal-line clearances. Own goals by Loftus Cheek and Chalobah in the first half gave Brighton an upper before Kai Harvetz scored one at the beginning of the second half. However, Chelsea was unable to utilize clear chances in the second half. Gross netted Brighton’s fourth goal ending Potter’s unbeaten start.
“They played well, the atmosphere was really intense here. We didn’t necessarily match that level of intensity. We had some opportunities to test the keeper, but it was too open and Brighton were dangerous.” Graham Potter said after the game.
“We were pushing and pushing and throwing players on, but Brighton deserved it. You have to say congratulations to them. Brighton were better at what they did, so we have to take that as a lesson – even though that’s a painful one for us.“
“You have to congratulate Brighton. The intensity was there and we suffered a little bit. The players are an honest bunch – we win and lose together – so we have to take stock and move forward.”
Graham Potter: “It’s the Premier League so everywhere is difficult. Brighton are a good side, I know that. We made a couple of unforced early errors but that can happen. I won’t throw the players under the bus at all because they’ve been brilliant for me.”
“It can be tactical or it can be the intensity of the opponent and how they did better. We will look at how they can improve.”
Graham Potter on still working to find the best XI: “You need to find a way to win & perform. We’ve had a lot of games in October & for different reasons, we’ve lost a lot of key players. Reece, Koulibaly, Fofana, Kante… It’s a constant challenge how to set up.”