Potter has Champions League-winning managers breathing down his neck amid Chelsea uncertainty

Jason Soutar
Graham Potter future - Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane shake hands before a match

Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane are both in contention to replace Graham Potter as Chelsea boss should he be relieved of his duties.

Potter is under a severe pressure after last Sunday’s defeat at Tottenham made it a run of five matches without a win in the Premier League.

The 47-year-old replaced Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and won his first three league games and sailed through to the last 16 of the Champions League as Group E winners.

Replacing Tuchel was always a big ask and it initially looked like it was a positive appointment, however, things have become very sour, very fast.

Chelsea have only won two of their last 15 Premier League fixtures, though the club’s hierarchy are believed to have complete faith in Potter.

The Blues are going through a rebuilding process under Todd Boehly – who has spent around £550million since buying the club from Roman Abramovich and invested in several young players in the January transfer window.

It seems unlikely that Boehly will replace Potter before the end of the season and is expected to give the ex-Brighton boss the time to prove he is the right man for the job.

Potter is dealing with an incredibly bloated squad at the moment and things could turn around for him following what is expected to be a hectic summer transfer window.

While he is expected to stay in the Stamford Bridge hot seat, there are rumours circulating that some managers are interested in replacing Potter, should he be sacked.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, former Spain and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is keen to get back into management and the Blues job interests him.

Enrique lost his job as manager of the Spanish national team following their disappointing World Cup last-16 exit to Morocco.

He was being considered by Brazil – who sacked Tite after the tournament in Qatar – but is ‘no longer on their shortlist’.

The Chelsea job ‘may be free soon’ with Potter ‘under immense pressure’.

Enrique sees the Blues as the ‘perfect fit’ with the role also enticing Zinedine Zidane – who was on Brazil’s shortlist as well.

Zidane has been linked with a host of clubs after leaving Real Madrid in 2021.

The Frenchman led Los Blancos to Champions League glory three seasons in a row between 2015-16 and 2017-19.

Enrique, on the other hand, won the Champions League as Barcelona boss in 2014-15 as the La Liga giants claimed a famous treble.

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