Graham Potter admitted Chelsea did not deserve anything in their defeat to Newcastle, who forced him into a tactical change that never paid off.
Chelsea suffered a third consecutive defeat on Saturday when Newcastle beat them 1-0. Joe Willock scored the only goal of the game, finishing from the edge of the box, and Potter’s side were unable to respond.
Potter tried to change things up after noticing how his side were being overrun in midfield. By that point, he had already been forced into some changes due to injuries.
Ultimately, his switches could not bring about the desired response, even though he felt there was a decent effort to come back into the game.
Potter told Sky Sports: “It didn’t start well in terms of losing Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] early. Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] was also struggling so had to go off at half-time.
“There were too many unforced errors. We had the quality to play through but lacked that last bit.
“Newcastle are very confident. You could see the difference in the team in terms of the schedules each has had. We got back into it a bit second half with Conor [Gallagher]’s effort but then they scored.
“They put you under pressure with high intensity. We had to make the change in the second half as they were overrunning us – we needed an extra man in midfield.
“We responded quite well. As soon as we are 1-0 down it is about fresh legs. We tried but in the end lacked the quality to get the goal we needed.
“We need to do more to come away to say we deserved anything. It was a tight game. Not many chances.
Graham Potter prepares for Chelsea break
“Credit to Newcastle who are in a good moment. This is a tough place to come. It is not nice for us. We are in a bad moment. We take the break to recharge and go again.
“There won’t be many of us. A lot of the guys go away. But those that remain will work and go again.
“We have had a tough period and there have been a lot a positives but also some negatives. Sometimes you have to accept the struggles you have. It is about regrouping and starting again. It is the second half of the season and there is a long way to go.”
After the World Cup break, Chelsea will be back in action with a home match against Bournemouth on December 27.
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