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Chelsea players’ reaction to Graham Potter clip spoke volumes about his tenure

Graham Potter’s lack of credentials were held against him throughout his Chelsea tenure and a foul-mouthed comment left players in disbelief.

The Blues parted ways with the Englishman on Sunday after a couple of poor results brought his tenure to an end. Defeat against Aston Villa proved to be the final straw for a coach who some of his players felt was a “yes” man who would act based on the hierarchy’s plans.

Potter, though, did appear to break out of character when he issued a battle cry to the supporters after their European success over Borussia Dortmund.

In a forum he said they planned to try and “win the f****** Champions League!” His words were not the norm and the Athletic claims some players felt he was trying to be something he wasn’t.

Several had to double take as hearing the manager swear was a surprise. Others felt Potter was a bit more chirpy given the team had won a few games, which was rare in his reign. It also fuelled the idea that he was never comfortable in west London.

Potter was constantly trying to fight against Thomas Tuchel comparisons, who had won the Champions League, while he had no silverware to boast about.

With results not going to plan Potter would tell his players regularly to trust the process, but he was managing individuals who had won major honours and had trophy-laden careers.

Certain players referred to Potter as “Harry” or “Hogwarts” whilst some team selections raised eyebrows. That trend continued into his last game when, despite having a number of centre-halves available, he chose to include Reece James and Cucurella in a back three.

The 47-year-old’s job was not made easier by the huge amount of players handed to him. Boehly has spent over £600m on new signings since taking over in the summer with Enzo Fernandes and Mykhaylo Mudryk bought in for huge fees.

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