Chelsea’s January spending: $358 million (around £300 million) Chelsea goals in February: 1
That figure paints a very damning picture of Chelsea at present but the reality is much bleaker. Since the beginning of November last year, no team has scored fewer goals in the Premier League than Chelsea (6).
In February, the Graham Potter-managed club were outclassed by relegation-prone outfits such as Everton (2), Bournemouth (3) and even Southampton (4).
Recently there was a joke going around on social media that if Chelsea didn’t score against Tottenham on Sunday, Joao Felix’s strike against West Ham would be the club’s only option for goal of the month in February. After a 2-0 defeat to Spurs, that joke became the reality at Stamford Bridge and the supporters were not laughing.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 26, 2023
The last time Chelsea won a match in all competitions was on 15 January when a Kai Havertz strike helped them to a 1–0 win against Crystal Palace. Since then, they have played six matches, signing Davide Datro Fofana from Molde, Benoît Badiasile from Monaco, Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama, Joao Felix on loan from Atlético Madrid, Mykhailo Mudrić from Shakhtar in the winter transfer window. . Donetsk, Noni Maduke from PSV Eindhoven, Malo Gusto from Lyon and World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez from Benfica and yet struggled to find the net more than once throughout February.
He scored in a goalless draw with Fulham (4 February), drew 1–1 with West Ham (11 February), lost 1–0 to Dortmund in the Champions League (16 February), lost 0–1 to Southampton ( 16 February) and eventually a 0–2 defeat against a faltering Tottenham unit (26 February).
With a pile of unfavorable results, the clock is ticking on Graham Potter’s time as Chelsea manager, with the ex-Brighton coach looking completely out of his depth at Stamford Bridge. After a decent start to his tenure, Potter now finds himself with just 3 wins from 16 matches.
With new players being brought into the club, Potter’s system has struggled to gel properly, a once free-scoring Chelsea team have suddenly become goals shy, so much so that they have conceded just 3 times in 9 matches. Found behind the net. That’s not good enough for a club like Chelsea, who were crowned champions of the Champions League a few years back after beating Manchester City in the 2019-20 final.
Since then, Chelsea have had changes of ownership with American businessman Todd Bohli buying the club and eventually sacking then-coach Thomas Tuchel in favor of Potter. With Tuchel, Chelsea went on to win the aforementioned Champions League as well as make it to the finals of the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. But according to reports, he was sacked in September last year due to his strained relations with Bohli and some senior players. There were also murmurs that Tuchel had not approved the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, while Bohli wanted to bring the 5-time Ballon d’Or to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Potter has received unconditional support from Bohli, even as his winning percentage is as low as 27.8% after 18 matches with 5 wins, 6 draws and 7 losses. The calls for the Englishman to be sacked are getting louder by the day and Sunday’s defeat against Spurs, who were without their coach Antonio Conte, could be the final nail in Potter’s Chelsea managerial coffin.