Chelsea stars already questioning Graham Potter’s tactics, Chelsea boss receives warning

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been warned by Danny Mills that there are already some Chelsea players questioning his tactics.

Chelsea have only suffered one defeat since Potter’s arrival from Brighton in September but a woeful 4-1 defeat back at the AMEX Stadium last Saturday highlighted some concerns.

Against Brighton, Potter started Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic as wing-backs despite Ben Chilwell and Cesar Azpilicueta among the subs with former Arsenal star Ian Wright describing the decision as ‘very confusing.’

“I think some of it has been forced with the players unavailable at Chelsea due to injury. I also think there’s a touch of over-tweaking at times,” Mills told Metro.

“He’s gone from Brighton where he was the master, he decided everything from probably what they had for lunch to what transfer they brought in.

“It was all his decisions, the players respected that, and I don’t think there would have been much pushback from the players at Brighton. Now what you have is a squad of senior internationals who have won trophies and won more than Graham Potter in the game.

“They’re more experienced in terms of football, obviously not management but what they’ve been through in their careers.

“There will be one or two questions asked and at the moment I think Potter is trying to work everybody out and going too far in terms of trying to keep people happy.

“I don’t think he wants to burn any bridges right now by out casting anyone and having a preferred XI or his strongest team. I don’t think he wants to do that when he’s only 10 or so games into his tenure.”

He added: “I don’t think anybody expected that result [against Brighton], but he needs to be careful and get these last few games out of the way without any issues.

“Then he can come back after the World Cup and some of those decisions might be taken out of his hands, but he might be able to bring in one or two and get rid of those he doesn’t fancy.

 “He will have had six weeks to think about where he needs to be, and I think we’ll see a different Chelsea come the end of December and January.”