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Carabao Cup: I’d have stayed at Brighton – Potter admits ahead of Man City clash

Chelsea boss, Graham Potter has said he is ready for the extra scrutiny and pressure at Stamford Bridge.

According to him, he would have stayed at Brighton if he wanted an easy life.

Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel in September and oversaw a fine start, before successive defeats in the Premier League to Brighton and Arsenal.

Chelsea are now 13 points adrift of top spot.

They face a huge Carabao Cup third round clash against Manchester City and then their final league fixture before the World Cup break at high-flying Newcastle United.

Chelsea managers typically come under pressure following a poor run, but new co-owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have been keen to stress they have a long-term vision with Potter at the helm.

When asked about the working environment at the club, Potter said on Tuesday: “I would say it is a little bit unfair to assess Chelsea now because the change of ownership has happened. We are on a new direction, a new path and ultimately that is part of the challenge.

“If I wanted a nice easy life, I could have quite easily stayed working at Brighton in the Premier League and signed a new contract and been absolutely OK.

“And I wouldn’t have had too many questions about myself or pressure or sacking or anything like that.”

He added that “one of the reasons to come here as there were many, it’s a fantastic football club, potentially one of the best in the world that can compete for any major trophy.”

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