Chelsea FC’s coach Graham Potter’s miseries are not coming to an end any soon and is going deep in the current crisis of the managing football team who fell back from one goal against Fulham.
As Graham’s side was already witnessing defeats one after another, having lost seven out of 10 games, Joao Felix’s sent off only added to the defeat, who was the best player for a long time in his maiden Chelsea and Premier League game. The team seemed to have gone into self-destruction which influenced Joao whose loan weighed heavy on the team.
The miserable point came when the Portuguese winger struck his studs into an opponent for which he received a red card.
Fulham striker Carlos Vinicius scored his maiden goal which was also his first for the season in all competitions. That was his first in the Premier League and FA Cup. Fulham’s first win, in Premier League, against Chelsea came after 17 years of playing 20 games against it. This is what Potter had to face this time, the ruins, the misery, and a big loss.
Fulham’s good pace has won them four games in league matches and they came to the sixth position which is only four positions better than Chelsea. Dennis Zakaria, a midfielder on loan from Chelsea, suffered what appeared to be the senior first-team player’s 11th injury. Felix is now suspended for three games. On Sunday, Potter must win against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge; yet, the same was said about this match.
Potter’s team has gained six points in a total of their previous nine games. If it were old times, the Chelsea manager would have ended his career. The Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali consortium ownership have shown their support for him. However, Felix’s red card, injured players, and many more problems have pushed the team down. This has been the worst for Chelsea in today’s time.
The misery for Chelsea was only palpable even when Felix showed his talents and there were still hopes for Chelsea. Kalidou Koulibaly, all set to score a second-half equaliser, was down on luck and would have taken out of his form. Along with him, Trevoh Chalobah, whose brother Nathaniel rushed against Fulham later in the game, was also out of form.
For Fulham’s game-winning goal, Kepa Arrizabalaga would appear unsure.
The Chelsea fans would sing “We are staying up” after Koulibaly’s equaliser and towards the end, they did not react to Potter as he applauded the away end. He did not receive any support. This showed a lack of leadership that would have changed the game for Chelsea and made the experience better for 18-year-old Lewis Hall at left wing-back who showed some magic in the game.
Marc Cucurella was benched by Potter in favor of Hall, while Jorginho later replaced Zakaria moments before Felix was sent off. At the club, Mateo Kovacic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, and Arrizabalaga believe they have completed their course. Koulibaly falls short of the necessary standard. Kai Havertz, a striker, has scored just five goals thus far this year. Players who are indigenous, like Mason Mount and Chalobah, are beginning to feel the strain. As the thrilling World Cup season continues at full speed, Potter must fix it.