Marc Cucurella has backed his former manager Graham Potter to be a success at the bridge and asked the Chelsea supporters to give him time.
Having followed in Cucurella’s footsteps, Potter joined the blues in September after the shocking dismissal of former manager Thomas Tuchel but has failed to turn around an underwhelming performance despite going on a nine-match unbeaten streak at the beginning of his Chelsea job.
The Spaniard left-back is convinced that the Englishman will turn things around and has revealed to The SUN how “good” a coach he his, urging fans to be more patient with him.
“I was really happy at Brighton with him and now he has come here and I think it is good for me and the rest of the team. He is a good coach because his idea of football is attacking. All of it is a process. The first season with Graham in Brighton the results were not good, they stayed down in the table,” he told The Sun.
“They continued with the same ideas, working, working and working. Then, last season and this season they played really good with the same ideas.”
“We need to work and understand his ideas and the results will arrive. It is difficult because it is a new coach with different ideas and it is difficult to change without the time to train.”
“This part of the season we have time, we meet more and know the ideas of the coach. This second part of the season, I am excited for.”
Chelsea lost four of their final five matches before the mid-season break, leaving some questioning whether he is the right man for the job, but the former Brighton player leapt to the defense of his manager.
Cucurella believes the time away has been positive, and has allowed the players to become more familiar with Potter’s methods.
“This is maybe another season. It is really good for us, the last games before the break we didn’t play too good or get results but this is a new season,” the defender told The Sun.
“We have to stay together, play good football and win games.”
Chelsea have developed a reputation for sacking managers at regular intervals, and new owner Todd Boehly decided to get rid of Tuchel just four months after taking control of the club.
The pressure appears to be building on Potter, but Cucurella has pointed out that 47-year-old also started slowly at Brighton before thriving on the South Coast, indicating that he deserves to be given time.