‘Injuries are killing them’ – Chelsea look ‘sweet’ as defeat to Manchester City snaps eight-game winning streak Graham Potter says current form is ‘not acceptable’.

Chelsea have been criticized for looking too “soft” under Graham Potter in an “unacceptable” form after losing to Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic were sent off in the first half as the Blues lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Potter is enduring an unsuccessful run as Chelsea manager

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Sterling received a red card just 5 minutes into the game against City at Stamford Bridge

The duo join a long injury list that includes Eduard Mendy, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Armando Broja.

As their fitness issues mount, it is the form of Potter’s side that is a real concern.

The west London side are currently 10th in the Premier League table and have won just one of their last eight top-flight games.

No team has won fewer games since the campaign began on October 19, with the Blues losing four and drawing three.

TalkSPORT’s Dean Saunders and Jamie O’Hara say that’s not good enough for a club like Chelsea as the pressure starts to mount on Potter.

Speaking on talkSPORT’s The Sports Bar, Saunders said: “I think the injuries are killing them. Fofana, Chilwell, Reece James, Kante, Broja, Mendy, Loftus-Cheek, it’s like half your team is missing.

Pulisic was also ruled out as he joined the growing injury list in west London

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Pulisic was also ruled out as he joined the growing injury list in west London

They also have seven or eight injuries, but they are not playing well.

O’Hara replied: “They spent £250 million. Chelsea Football Club, not like Brentford’s injury or Fulham’s injury, Chelsea have 25 players to choose from, good players, best players.

“Are you telling me 10th on the board is good,” Saunders replied, “No, but you asked if there was Graham Potter, if there were injuries or anything. I think injuries.

However, O’Hara said, “I think they look soft, they look weak, and I don’t think they hurt you.”

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O’Hara believes Chelsea’s current form is not good enough

“They are pragmatic and not the Chelsea of ​​old I was watching when they came on, they had a terrible and difficult defeat, they didn’t concede a goal and they had goal-scoring monsters in the squad.

“I look at this Chelsea team and I think I want to play against them!

“They are one of the most successful football teams of the last 20 years and are ranked 10th.”

But while Saunders reiterated that injuries were to blame, he admitted that was no excuse when it came to Potter’s case.

He said: “These are injuries for me. We’ll see when he gets all his players fit, but the problem is that when you’re at a big club like Chelsea, you don’t have time to wait for your injuries to recover. you’re gone.”

Despite losing to the reigning Premier League champions, Potter was keen to capitalize on the positives on offer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Potter said: “When Raheem thought about losing everything [Sterling] and Christian [Pulisic] so early, the children gave everything.

“It was a spirited performance against a top team, so apart from the result, I’m proud of the players.

Potter

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Potter wants to keep Chelsea’s current results in perspective

“It’s difficult at the moment, I have to admit, and I feel for the boys. We should be together.

“It’s disappointing to lose these kids, but the players on the field and those coming in gave it their all and that’s all you can ask for.”

He added: “We can’t complain about it. [the injury list] We just have to deal with it. The boys on the pitch did their best and did what we asked of them and Manchester City don’t give you much.

“You still have to take responsibility, but you hope people look at the bigger picture and see where we are and what we’re up against.”

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