When Graham Potter was put under a lot of pressure at Manchester City, Chelsea fans got mad and sang an old Thomas Tuchel song.
Blues fired German in September 2022
Successor is having trouble getting results.
A bad loss in the third round of the FA Cup
WHAT TOOK PLACE? The Blues went to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup. They wanted to make up for their 1-0 loss to the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge the week before. By halftime, they were down 3-0 and didn’t look like they were going to get even. Those in the stands made it clear that they don’t agree with Potter, whose job is in danger, by singing songs about his predecessor, who won the Champions League.
WHICH WORDS DID THEY SAY? Chelsea fans were often heard chanting, “We’ve got super Thomas Tuchel, He knows exactly what we need, Thiago at the back, Timo up front, Chelsea are going to win the Champions League.”
This song was played more in Manchester as the Blues dropped to 10th place in the Premier League table. This was another worrying step in the wrong direction for the team, which has been in a worrying run of form.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Chelsea have won just two of their last 10 games in all competitions, with only one of those successes – at home to struggling Bournemouth – coming in the league and Potter is already seeing questions asked of his ongoing presence a matter of months after succeeding Tuchel at Stamford Bridge in September.
WHAT NEXT? Tuchel was surprisingly relieved of his managerial duties early in the 2022-23 campaign despite having landed Champions League and Club World Cup crowns during his tenure, while also being given over £250 million ($302m) to spend on new recruits during the last summer transfer window.