10/23/22, 3:49 AM
'We can do better in terms of our attacking play': Graham Potter expresses concern about Chelsea's goal-scoring credentials following the Blues' 1-1 draw with Manchester United, but praises his team for a "fantastic effort" in the match.
Graham Potter said his team 'can do better' in attack after a second consecutive draw cost Chelsea a chance to tie Tottenham on points.
Casemiro's stoppage-time header equalized Jorginho's 87th-minute penalty, Chelsea's only shot on goal all game, as the Blues' forwards struggled again after a goalless draw at Brentford in midweek.
While he was pleased with his team's spirit, especially after changing formation in the 36th minute, he was disappointed with their lack of scoring chances.
'We were sort of nearly there but lacked the last 'bits' and I think there's an area that we can do better in terms of our attacking play.
'It was an intense hard-fought match against a team in a good moment. Everyone has the schedule that they have, so it's not straightforward, something that we can improve, but the spirit, togetherness, effort, personality from the players was amazing.'
Explaining his tactical switch, Potter said: 'For the first 30 minutes I thought Manchester United were better and forced us back so we had to adjust a little bit and try to get another player in midfield and put more pressure on them.
'They were building their attacks too easily and driving us back. And so we just had to adjust that. And then from that point, I thought we did well in the game.'
Chelsea were on course for their sixth win in the past seven games until Casemiro's late goal and Potter added: 'It was disappointing to concede late, but over the course of the game, I think a point was about right for us.
'I don't think we can sit here and say that we deserved to win because we didn't do enough to win the game. But effort-wise, what the boys put in was amazing, a fantastic effort from our players and I'm very proud of them for that.'
He was not so pleased to hear the homophobic chants from a section of Manchester United's supporters towards Chelsea fans, though. 'It's clear that we've still got a lot of work to do.'