Graham Potter’s side are now sitting three points adrift of fourth-placed Newcastle United.
Chelsea Head coach Graham Potter has acknowledged that Chelsea were handed ‘a painful lesson’ in a 4-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.
It was the first time when Graham Potter returned to his former club since his appointment as Chelsea’s head. Brighton looked dominating as they scored three goals in the first half. Chelsea couldn’t recover from that and suffered a 4-1 defeat.
Leandro Trossard had given Brighton an early lead but own goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah left Chelsea shocked ahead of the second half.
Speaking to Sky Sports News after the game, Potter believed that Chelsea had been second best throughout the contest against his ex-employers, hinting that tiredness may be beginning to catch up with his side after a hectic schedule.
The Englishman said: “They played well, the atmosphere was really intense here. We didn’t necessarily match that level of intensity.
“We had some opportunities to test the keeper, but it was too open and Brighton were dangerous. We were pushing and pushing and throwing players on, but Brighton deserved it. You have to say congratulations to them.
“Brighton were better at what they did, so we have to take that as a lesson – even though that’s a painful one for us. You have to congratulate Brighton. The intensity was there and we suffered a little bit. The players are an honest bunch – we win and lose together – so we have to take stock and move forward.”
Potter told BBC Sport: “I have nothing to apologise or say sorry for. I think I did a good job at the club and left it in a good place but people are entitled to their opinions.
“It’s part of the process. You have to suffer and feel pain in order to grow and get better. Nobody said we were the finished article. We have to take the pain today and learn from it.”
Chelsea are now sitting three points adrift of fourth-placed Newcastle United in the Premier League standings.
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