Chelsea manager Graham Potter stated that he is feeling “more confident” than before ahead of their match against Bournemouth.
Chelsea entered the World Cup break with 4 losses in 5 matches. They lost to Brighton, Arsenal, and Newcastle in the Premier League and were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Manchester City.
Potter revealed that he was frustrated with the team’s recent results.
“I would rather have gone on holiday with a couple of wins behind me because I probably would have been better company for my poor wife. As it was, I’m staring into the Pacific Ocean, and she’s thinking about what a wonderful time we’re having, and I’m thinking about Chelsea Football Club,” he said.
“But thankfully she’s been with me long enough to know that that’s how it is, and then you have to use the pain, the frustration, the disappointment of the last few weeks to say, ‘Okay, how can we go forward?’
“And then, like anything, a bit of distance gives you that time, a bit of perspective, and then it’s about how you can start the process of integrating all the players back and taking the learning of that time and saying, ‘Okay, we need to show some direction here’.”
During the break, Potter met with Chelsea’s co-owner Behdad Eghbali. The 47-year-old manager was delighted with how the talk unfolded.
“When I was over in California I met with Behdad, so that was good, we had a good chat with him and there’s fantastic support. So I’m really looking forward to the weeks, months, and years ahead.
“I’m even more confident, even more, aware of the support I have now than I was three months ago when I took the job. So that tells you something. It’s a credit to them and their support and how they have communicated with me – it’s been fantastic.
“We all know the pressure and the demands at this club but we have also got enough people who can see the perspective and where we are at to be able to say, ‘This is where we are, how can we improve?”