Chelsea boss Graham Potter has said he has “nothing to apologise for” despite boos from Brighton fans as the Seagulls ended his unbeaten Blues run.
Potter has spent three years at the Amex with Brighton before taking the Chelsea manager’s job this season. His Blues record was something to behold going into a game against his former side.
Indeed, he had not lost any of his nine games in charge of the Blues since taking over.
The former Brighton manager has clearly inspired Chelsea to some good performances. They sat fourth in the Premier League ahead of kickoff.
Brighton, meanwhile, were in the bottom half of the table. While the gap between the two sides was not enormous, Chelsea would have been expected to win in the form they came into the game in.
However, that was not the case. The Stamford Bridge outfit were stunned early on, as Leandro Trossard opened the scoring for the Seagulls within the first five minutes.
Things went from bad to worse for Chelsea, as they shipped two own goals before half-time, from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and then Trevoh Chalobah.
While they reduced the arrears through Kai Havertz in the second half, Brighton scored in stoppage time to record a famous 4-1 win.
Potter admits defeat painful
Naturally, defeat to Potter’s former club will have hurt, given they ended such a promising run at his new side. The manager admitted the pain he felt after the final whistle.
“Yes of course the scoreline and the defeat is a painful one. We didn’t really recover. Once the crowd were so engaged it was a difficult one for us. The scoreline was painful,” he said via BBC Sport.
“It’s part of the process. You have to suffer and feel pain in order to grow and get better. Nobody said we were the finished article. We have to take the pain today and learn from it.”
He also admitted that his side did not take chances as they possibly could have done.
“You can always look at goals and think you can do better. We have to take responsibility a bit in the first half,” he added.
“We have had a lot of football but that’s no excuse. We couldn’t quite get to that level. We didn’t take our opportunities in attack and they did.”
Potter refuses to apologise to Brighton fans
It was not known what to expect from the Brighton fans as their former manager was pitted against the club. Given he recently left, there was chance for him to get some stick, which he did in the form of boos from home fans.
However, Potter has stated he will not apologise for going on to bigger things.
“I have nothing to apologise or say sorry for,” he said.
“I think I did a good job at the club and left it in a good place but people are entitled to their opinions.”
Indeed, the manager simply made a decision to move to a bigger club. While it did not lead to a good day today, his move has been good for him so far, and his career will likely be better for it in the long run.