Alan Shearer ‘lost’ by gameplan of Graham Potter’s 10th place Chelsea

Alan Shearer has criticised the 'really poor' attacking play from Graham Potter's Chelsea after their defeat at home to Southampton left them 10th in the Premier League.

The former Newcastle and England forward was left metaphorically scratching his head after watching the Blues lose 1-0 at home – at a loss at trying to workout their gameplay.

"It was a mixture of magnificent defending and goalkeeping and really poor forward play from Chelsea," Shearer said on Match of the Day.

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"At times, I'm lost to see what they're trying to do. The first half they had (David Datro) Fofana up there, they took him off, brought (Raheem) Sterling on, because they didn't create anything.

"This is what I mean when I say I struggle when I look at Chelsea. Ok (Kai) Havertz there, (Joao) Felix there, they brought Sterling on, who was probably their best player in the second half.

"But Sterling's got the ball there, there's no options, so he goes back, he goes square, that allows Southampton to get men behind the ball and make it very difficult for them."

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With James Ward-Prowse scoring the only goal of the game thanks to a pinpoint free-kick, Shearer has been left concerned by Potter's position in the dugout.

He concluded: "It's a worrying time for him, he's under huge pressure.

"One win in ten, four goals in the last ten games in all competitions. Nowhere near good enough in the forward position. Miles away from it."

Although the Chelsea board have offered their backing to Potter in recent weeks, they now sit 10 points behind fourth and just 10 from 17th placed Bournemouth.

The manager said after the game: "The results aren’t what we want.

"You can completely understand the supporters’ frustration. Our job is to keep working and keep trying to improve the team in what is a difficult period for us all."


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