Graham Potter admits Chelsea are “suffering” after fans were heard signing the names of former boss Thomas Tuchel and ex-owner Roman Abramovich during the FA Cup thrashing at Manchester City.
The Blues were hammered 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, making their first exit from the famous competition at the third-round stage since the 1997-98 season.
Chelsea’s latest setback continues a poor run, having lost 1-0 to City in the Premier League on Thursday to leave them with just one win in eight Premier League fixtures.
Blues fans let their feelings be known as they crashed out with a whimper, with Tuchel and Abramovich chants heard from the away end.
Head coach Potter told reporters: “The results in a small space of time aren’t positive.
“You can make excuses and look for reasons, or you can say that it isn’t good enough and both of those answers are correct.
“Clearly, we’re suffering as a football club, and it’s not nice, but it’s where we are at the moment.
“We can’t do anything but do our jobs better and work harder. We understand the supporters; frustration, but our job is to do our job.
“There are always other opinions, criticism and negativity, but that’s part of the challenge.”
Potter has no issue with the commitment of his players during such a difficult spell.
“This opponent is the worst opponent you can play when things aren’t going well because they can make it look like you aren’t trying,” he added.
“I’m working with the players, and I don’t feel the sense of any players with a poor attitude.
“Everyone wants to try to do better, but we’re going through a bad moment and in these moments, you need somebody to blame.”