Graham Potter, the manager of Chelsea, has provided an explanation for Southampton’s 1-0 Premier League victory against his club on Saturday.
Potter saw Southampton upset Chelsea at Stamford Bridge thanks to a lone goal from James Ward-Prowse.
Against Southampton, the Englishman said that Chelsea lost some of their fluidity and togetherness, adding that even their second-half performance was inadequate.
“In the first half, it was beyond a doubt. We lost a little fluidity and coherence coming back from the Champions League and having to make some changes,” Potter said in the post-game news conference.
“Southampton played a well-balanced game, but our performance in the first half wasn’t what we intended, and I accept full responsibility for that. We deserved a goal since the second half was strong. But, it is plainly harder when you don’t.
“My responsibility is to support the team when we are in a team time. The fact is that our first-half performance was a step backward for us. While we responded well in the second half, it wasn’t enough.