Chelsea have endured a disastrous season so far and Graham Potter now faces the huge task of turning the ship around.
Despite splashing over £500million under new owner Todd Boehly, Chelsea have looked miles off the pace in 2022-23. Thomas Tuchel struggled at the beginning of the year before he was abruptly replaced by Potter.
Chelsea returned from the international break with a positive performance against Bournemouth, but they have struggled since. With just two wins from 10 outings in all competitions this calendar year, the pressure is mounting on Potter.
The Blues have exited both domestic cup competitions, their Champions League future hangs in the balance after a 1-0 defeat away to Borussia Dortmund, and their top-four hopes are clinging by a thread.
“After a 1-0 defeat at home, any criticism you get is understandable,” Potter told Sky Sports following their 1-0 home loss to relegation-battling Southampton.
“We’ve had a tough period and are integrating young players into the Premier League. When results don’t go your way it’s tough.
“I’m not arrogant enough to say that their opinion isn’t worth articulating. My job is to help the team and work through a team period.
“The truth is we took as step back with our performance in the first half. Our response in the second half was good, but it wasn’t enough.”
Here are 12 stats that underline Chelsea’s struggles under Potter.
Stats we can’t believe
– Chelsea have only scored 23 league goals this season. That’s five fewer than 19th-placed Leeds and three fewer than Manchester City striker Erling Haaland. If they continue to score just 1.00 goals per game they will score just 38 goals all season, which is half as many as they managed last season.
– At the same stage last season, Chelsea had 13 more points than they do this time around.
– This season Chelsea have averaged 1.34 points per game. If they were to continue with this average they would finish the season with 50 points which would be their lowest return since 2015-16 – when they finished 10th.
– Chelsea are 12th in the Premier League table if it began when Potter was appointed as Tuchel’s successor in September.
🗣️ “Our level of performance in the first half wasn’t great. I think a combination of a few changes and the week that we’ve had coming back from the Champions League is always complicated.”
Graham Potter on the 1-0 home defeat to bottom club Southampton. pic.twitter.com/XUrN1MVSB4
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 18, 2023
– Chelsea have failed to score in five of their last 10 matches – during that time they have only scored five goals.
– In the Premier League, Chelsea have taken an average of 11.7 shots per game – 10th in the league.
– They have created an xG in the league of just 27.9 this season – 11th in the Premier League.
– Chelsea have only created 34 big chances this season, which is fewer than any other club in the top half. Former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne has created 24 on his own for Manchester City, to put that in context.
– In Chelsea’s last five matches in all competitions, they’ve taken 73 shots and registered an xG of 7.9 but scored just one goal.
– In the Premier League, Chelsea have lost seven of the nine matches where they have fallen behind.
– They have not scored a single league goal past the 90th minute in stoppage time this season.
– Graham Potter’s win percentage as Chelsea manager (36%) is the lowest of any Chelsea manager since Glenn Hoddle.