Chelsea boss Potter has four problems to solve during the World Cup break
Chelsea were sentenced to a third successive Premier League defeat by Newcastle on Saturday, putting further pressure on boss Graham Potter. The Blues head into the World Cup breaking eight points outside the top four.
Potter must use the six-week suspension of domestic football to resolve the many problems facing West Londoners. Express Sport looks at four things for Chelsea’s head coach to do.
Summer signings to find form
It may be difficult for Potter to get the best of Chelsea’s £280m worth of summer arrivals. After all, each of the seven signings were signed by Thomas Tuchel and were not Potter’s picks.
But the Chelsea manager needs those stars to start acting. Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella have produced too many poor performances.
Those four were signed to improve their respective positions, but have failed to improve the Chelsea team.
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Settling for a consistent system
One of the most striking elements of Potter’s first two months is his manipulation of systems. One week, there will be a 4-3-3. The next one will be a 3-5-2. Another time, there will be a diamond midfield.
Potter’s success at Brighton was built on having two distinguished formations and a consistent starting 11.
But Potter has yet to stumble upon the best system for his players. That could be because the team has been created by several different managers and Potter doesn’t have a transfer window of his own yet. However, the changing system is having a negative impact on performance and a consistent formation needs to be found.
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