“We have to look each other in the eye”, Koulibaly very annoyed by Chelsea’s ranking

Kalidou Koulibaly was very annoyed by the new underperformance of Chelsea, who lost 1-0 against Newcastle this Saturday in the Premier League. The Senegalese international assures that the Blues are “out of place” and that the players are at fault.

Chelsea lost again this Saturday, against Newcastle (1-0), and it did not please Blues central defender Kalidou Koulibaly at all. The Senegalese international was very frustrated by the position occupied by Chelsea, who are only eighth in the Premier League, and feels primarily responsible, along with his teammates.

“The break comes at the right time for us”

“It hurts, we came here to take three points, he says at the microphone of Canal +. We knew that they were in a good moment, that they are putting on the intensity and that especially at home they have their audience behind them. So we knew it was going to be very difficult for us.”

“Unfortunately we have a lot of injuries and we who were present today are not in a good moment, he adds, while Loftus-Cheek and Azpilicueta had to abandon the game due to injuries. The break comes at the good time for us, we need to recharge the batteries, think about something else and come back after the World Cup with a different mentality.”

And he concludes: “Today Chelsea are not in their place and the only culprits are us. So we must look each other in the eye and continue to work to put Chelsea in their place.”

“We made too many unintentional mistakes”

His coach Graham Potter felt that “fatigue and injuries had an impact” on the outcome of the day’s meeting and is counting on the international break to put things back in the right direction: “We have to recharge our batteries and start again for the second half of the season.”

“I think we made too many involuntary mistakes to maintain good quality and good pressure, pleads the English coach. Once again, it’s a credit to Newcastle, they are playing well, and they are in a great time. You can probably see the difference between the one game a week schedules and the intense period we had.”

“It was a period that was incredibly difficult”

He, who has a third consecutive defeat for the first time since 2002, is not necessarily worried about this situation: “It’s not pleasant not to get results. It’s as simple as that, but I have to examine the reasons and the situation we had to deal with. It was not easy at all.”

“We’ve had a lot of games, some key player injuries, which have thrown us off balance, and even today you see they’re missing. It’s been an incredibly tough period. You’re playing four of the teams that are in the best time in the Premier League in terms of their version of themselves and that can challenge you too. Even if we can’t accept it, we have to deal with it and try to move on.”

“We have to look each other in the eye”, Koulibaly very annoyed by Chelsea’s ranking