Chelsea stars not sold on Graham Potter as he ‘cannot compare’ to ‘f***ing incredible’ Thomas Tuchel

Date published: Thursday 1st December 2022 10:54 - Lewis Oldham

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It has been claimed that Chelsea stars who have been coached by Graham Potter and Thomas Tuchel have said that you “cannot compare the two”.

Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at Chelsea at the start of 2021. His start to life at Stamford Bridge was remarkable as he helped them win the Champions League.

The club changed owners in the summer as a consortium led by American billionaire Todd Boehly took control of Chelsea.

The German coach did not last too long after the takeover was completed. They made an underwhelming start to the season after over £200m was spent on players in the summer.

But it appears that Tuchel butting heads with Boehly and co. was the main reason for his dismissal.

One thing they disagreed on was whether Chelsea should have signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Man Utd in the summer. 

Ex-Brighton boss Potter replaced Tuchel at Chelsea at the start of September.

He got off to a bright start but the Blues are now without a win in five Premier League games. This run includes defeats against Brighton, Arsenal and Newcastle.

This form leaves the Londoners down in eighth in the table. They are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.

Now ex-Newcastle United and England midfielder Kieron Dyer has claimed that certain members of Chelsea’s dressing room prefer Tuchel to Potter.

“I worry about Chelsea, I really do. We’ve talked about Eddie [Howe] and then you have that elite, world-class player and do they kind of [work together],” Dyer said via True Geordie’s YouTube channel.

“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.’”

Dyer was then asked if his inside source at Chelsea explained to him where things went wrong for Tuchel in his last few months.

“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,” Dyer added.

“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.

“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 Sterling at wing-back, one minute he’s playing 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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