Chelsea boss Graham Potter warned of player revolt because of Tuchel

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been warned that the Stamford Bridge dressing room is not completely on his side after a mixed beginning to life in charge of the Blues. Thomas Tuchel was surprisingly sacked early into the season, and co-owner Todd Boehly moved quickly to appoint the former Brighton man.

Chelsea sit eighth in the Premier League table at the World Cup break, having failed to win in their five league games before the winter tournament. Former Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer explained that those he has spoken to at the Blues would rather have Tuchel back at the helm.

“I worry about Chelsea, I really do,” Dyer told True Geordie’s podcast. “We’ve talked about Eddie [Howe] and then you have that elite, world-class player and do they kind of [work together]. I’m so happy that Potter got his chance, so happy because he deserved it, but then I’m thinking: you do not sack Tuchel for Graham Potter. That’s just my opinion.

“I’ve spoken to people who have had Tuchel as a coach and they’ve had Potter as a coach… obviously I’m not going to name names. But they’ve had [both managers] and you cannot compare the two. Knowledge of the game, tactics, the way they are. I also know people who have had Tuchel and then they’ve had other top, top coaches and they go, ‘Trust me, Tuchel is f***ing incredible.’

“Do you think the Americans have come in, they’ve started splashing the cash, £60million for full-backs from f***ing Brighton, and he’s [confused]. You just don’t know. You’ve got to remember, this is the same Chelsea that absolutely pummelled Tottenham [in a 2-2 draw earlier this season] – I know you can say Tottenham are getting pummelled by most teams.”

Tuchel had an enjoyable reign at Stamford Bridge, which was highlighted by winning the Champions League in 2021. He has since been linked with replacing Gareth Southgate as England boss after the World Cup, while Dyer believes that the current Chelsea head coach will continue to have problems if he remains committed to rotating the team.

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“They just said Tuchel was on a different planet. And my thing with Potter is, I think Chelsea having problems is because he’s always changing the team, it’s like he’s trying to keep all these superstars happy. It’s impossible to name the XI.

“I can name Newcastle’s team every week, Manchester City’s for the big games. But Chelsea I haven’t got a clue. He’s playing [Raheem] Sterling at wing-back, one minute he’s playing [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and then he’s on the bench.

“Listen, I was so happy he got his chance but I always worried that when you’ve got those world-class players and they’re not really buying into your beliefs do they just say, ‘Yeah, good one.’”

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