Graham Potter, the manager of Chelsea, insists that the club’s owners are behind him, but he acknowledges responsibility for recent failures.

The Blues are now ranked 10th in the Premier League after only managing one victory so far in 2023.

The news that defender Thiago Silva will miss six weeks due to a knee injury has not aided Potter’s efforts to turn around Chelsea’s performance.

“There is support,” Potter said of the club’s owners.

“Of course I’ve spoken to them, but I am not hiding behind that. Results haven’t been good enough – I’m responsible.

“You accept the criticism and noise, my job is to prepare the team, stay focused and try to win.”

On Saturday, Chelsea hosts Leeds in the Premier League. On Tuesday, March 7, Chelsea hosts Borussia Dortmund for the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 match.

In order to avoid missing out on playing in Europe the following season, Potter’s team must overcome a 1-0 loss in the first leg.

“I don’t think at any point it’s a positive for us to not be in Europe [as] a club with ambition and desire to compete,” added Potter.

“At the moment, we’re not [in a European place] and that’s what we have to work on.”

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