Chelsea boss claims there’s no shame in looking like an idiot

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter has claimed he isn’t ashamed of looking like an idiot as he guides Chelsea back to the top of English football.

Potter has been heavily criticised for his tactics used in the 4-1 defeat at Brighton and also playing Raheem Sterling as a wing-back.

“I wouldn’t say I am experimenting,” Potter told reporters at Cobham on Friday. “I do have an idea of how I want us to play football.

“I think you have to remember, when you are trying to do something new, there will be a chance it goes wrong. You always have to be prepared for that.

“That sounds a bit strange because you should come across as this all-knowing person with all the answers, but the reality of making progress and the reality of doing something different and new is… you have to be prepared to be an idiot.

“If it goes wrong or it fails, you are open to criticism. The flip side of that is that if you don’t do anything and you just do the same stuff then nothing changes.

“And it is that balance. You have to have the courage to do that and accept the consequences when it doesn’t go your way.”