Danny Murphy offers harsh verdict on Chelsea boss Graham Potter ahead of Premier League return


TalkSPORT pundit Danny Murphy has admitted that Graham Potter has ‘shown his inexperience of being at a top club and dealing with top players’ whilst being at Chelsea. The Englishman was appointed as the Blues’ new head coach in September after leaving Brighton to take up the role at Stamford Bridge following Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal and the 47-year-old is yet to convince some that he has the expertise to fulfil the role long-term.

Potter got off to an excellent start with the west London outfit with his side winning five of his first six matches in charge across all competitions. However, a heavy first defeat away at former club Brighton at the end of October, which the Seagulls won 4-1, saw the start of a downfall prior to the World Cup break, with Chelsea currently five matches without a win in the Premier League, losing their last three matches as well as being knocked out of the League Cup by Manchester City.

With the Blues set to return to action on Tuesday at home to Bournemouth, the Chelsea boss will be desperate for his side to return to club football in excellent fashion. However, Murphy is yet to be convinced, saying:

“I’m a fan of Potter. How can you not be [with] what he’s achieved in the game? I love the way he comes across [and] conducts himself. He’s intelligent, articulate and he’s a good football man. But, I think more recently he’s shown his inexperience of being at a top club and dealing with top players which is inevitable, to a degree.

“I just think the constant changing of formation and personnel, even within matches, is not the way to get the best out of top players. They are playing against teams of lesser quality and making them look better than they should because of their own inadequacies, not what the team are doing.

“You’re putting square pegs in round holes at times which is bizarre. Overthinking the formation and that’s partly because Graham Potter has spent his life overachieving with underachievers and he’s had to find ways of tactically outmanoeuvring teams who are better than his and coming up with plans all the time.”

The former Liverpool player added:

“The history of the Premier League tells you, if you want to win and be competitive, that the best teams, pretty much, stick to one formation and there are personnel changes here and there if they’re not at it.

“Those Chelsea players are still more than adequate enough and good enough to play in one formation and let them build some relationships, let them build some confidence. Every time you’re tweaking the team, five or six players. Every time you’re tweaking the formation top players get annoyed.”

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