I have to take responsibility for Chelsea’s defeat by Aston Villa – Graham Potter

Chelsea manager Graham Potter said he had to take responsibility for his team’s 2-0 home defeat by Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Ollie Watkins gave Villa the lead in the first half before captain John McGinn’s effort from distance in the second half doubled the visitors’ advantage.

The result put even more pressure on Potter, with Chelsea now 11th in the table.

Speaking after the match, Potter told BBC Sport: “The most important number is the one that opposes us (the result). We have to do better.

“In terms of the game, you could see the players gave everything, took responsibility, tried, had a lot of entries in the box, shots and attacks.

“After defeat there is always disappointment. There is always a feeling that we haven’t moved forward, and that’s fair to say. We have to analyze the performance and look at the things we did well and what we can do better.

“I don’t like to blame anyone, I have to take responsibility. We are a team, we have to stay together, we are together. We win or lose together.

“We will recover and we will prepare for the next game. We need to respond, that is clear. But we are looking forward to that.”

Potter signed a five-year deal to replace Thomas Tuchel in September. Chelsea co-owner Todd Boyle said the 47-year-old fit his “vision” for the club after paying his £20m buyout clause to lure him from Brighton.

Chelsea will be next in action on Tuesday when they take on Liverpool at home in the Premier League.


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