Potter: Chelsea Players Told Me Summer Was Their Worst Pre-Season Ever

Graham Potter has revealed the Chelsea squad have told him they had their “worst pre-season ever” in the summer as the under-fire manager defended his side’s poor run of results.

Former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was in charge of Chelsea for their tour of the US, which was planned by the previous regime before the £4.25bn sale to the Todd Boehly-led consortium in May.

Chelsea have just one win in their last 10 matches in all competitions and Potter is putting that partly down to the “suboptimal” pre-season some of his players had.

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“It’s really tough [to integrate new players and get results],” said Potter ahead of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports.

“My quote a few weeks ago is that it’s the toughest job in football, and there are lots of factors for that.

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“Speaking to a couple of the experienced guys, they thought it was the worst pre-season they’ve had for different reasons. That’s not to blame anybody – that happens.”

Asked for the reasons he replied: “Organisationally, the tour didn’t work as well as they’d like. I wasn’t there so I can’t say.”

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Potter was late to his news conference on Friday as he joked he had just come from a crisis meeting with the owners following reports there were high-power talks about the club’s struggles this week.

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