Graham Potter has confessed he is struggling to see Chelsea’s current slump coming to an end anytime soon.
The Blues are in free-fall on a run of seven defeats in their past ten games, having been eliminated from both domestic cup competitions and slipping all the way down to tenth in the Premier League table.
Adding to the pressure has been an incredible list of injuries to key players, with Potter regularly without around ten first-team names and seeing no end in sight after Denis Zakaria joined the party on the treatment table.
Asked whether he has seen any improvements, Potter insisted he has begun to identify some of the problems at Chelsea but conceded there is no quick fix to their current dilemma.
“I can’t sit here and say things are improving when the results are like they are,” Potter told the media.
“What we do know is that we know a lot more about the club, a lot more about the players, a lot more about what we need to do to get the club back to where we think it can be and should be.
“At the moment, it isn’t there. Lots of things have happened over a period of time that have manifested themselves into the situation we’re in now.
“Then we have to make sure we act well going forward. But at the moment it’s tough. It’s tough to see any light or any green shoots because we’re still hurting from defeat.”
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On top of the injuries, Chelsea lost new signing Joao Felix to a three-game suspension after he was sent off on his debut for the club against Fulham, and Potter admitted the different problems are getting tough to keep up with.
“We’ve lost Reece, Wesley, Raheem and Christian so it’s almost like ‘back to the drawing board’,” he added. “That’s how it pretty much felt. It’s different things, it feels like you’ve taken one step and then all of a sudden something happens.
“You feel like you’re making progress watching Joao Felix and then all of a sudden, boof, he’s not here for three matches. That’s where we’ve been at the moment.
“I’m sure our supporters don’t want to hear that. They want to see better results and better performances but it’s the position we’re in and we’re suffering and trying our best to improve it.”