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Chelsea coach Graham Potter looks down and out on the touchline during the English Premier League match against Tottenham at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Chelsea have absolutely no excuse for being this bad. They were beaten 2-0 in the London derby by Tottenham to pile on the pressure on coach Graham Potter. Surely time must be up for him now?

This was his 18th Premier League match in charge of the Stamford Bridge club since he was appointed five months ago. He has won just five matches in that time.

Six goals

These are troubling times for Chelsea. They have scored just six goals across their last 12 games in the league. No other team has scored fewer in the competition since the start of November. Everyone knows scoring has been their big problem. Owner Todd Boehly spent over half a billion pounds since he took over less than a year ago - but failed to bring in a centre forward even though they have been crying out for one.

It was always going to be difficult for Potter to take charge of the Blues and progress the team. They are not getting results and performances are not good enough. The team is languishing in tenth in the table. They are closer to the relegation zone than they are to the top four.

Potter has said his mental health has suffered after he and his family received anonymous abuse following the club’s poor run of form. Perhaps he needs to do the right thing and step down before things become even worse?

Everyone wanted him to get a big job after the excellent work he did at Brighton and many believed he was ready to make the step up. But, it just has not worked for him. Some feel he can get it right if he is given time. But you don’t get the luxury of time in the Premier League.

Huge shoes

Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League in his first season in charge but when the team lost form he was sacked even though the fans wanted him to stay. The next man in was always going to have huge shoes to fill. When the fans don’t want you, the job becomes almost impossible.

During the derby many Chelsea fans had seen enough and headed for the exit with over 15 minutes remaining. And at full time, there was a puff of the cheeks from Potter standing in his technical area. Chelsea’s next match is at home to Leeds next Saturday. But the big question is whether Potter will still be in charge for it?