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Ex-England striker labels Chelsea a 'mid-table' side.

Updated: Jan 8, 2023

Chelsea's loss to Man City leaves them in an unaccustomed position in the Premier League standings.

Former England striker Chris Sutton has labelled Chelsea as a 'mid-table team' after the Blues' Premier League loss to Manchester City.

Graham Potter's injury-ravaged Chelsea side fought hard against the Cityzens at Stamford Bridge but Riyad Mahrez's second-half strike meant they lost 1-0.

The loss leaves them sitting in the 10th spot in the English top flight, 10 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sutton said: "All things being equal, you need more than just pride and passion - Chelsea need better quality and that's the issue for them this season. Is that display good enough? You look at the table and Chelsea are behind Brentford, they are behind Fulham, they are a mid-table team.

"Whatever happened at the start of the season - the takeover, the change of manager - Chelsea shouldn't be 10th in the Premier League halfway through a season. That, quite frankly, isn't good enough.

"If Graham Potter doesn't turn things around extremely quickly, I don't see him lasting and I don't see the patience being there among this Chelsea support as well. I think a lot of Chelsea fans have made their mind up about him already and that's not going to change.

"One win in eight in the Premier League, that isn't anywhere near good enough. They are miles off the fourth spot and they would have to go on an incredible run - performance-wise, can you see Chelsea going on a run like that, with 20 goals all season? Are they going to flick a switch and address that overnight?

"I know at Brighton that his team, at times, struggled to score goals, and then all of a sudden it clicked but he had time there, there was a different outlook, he could build. You don't get time at Chelsea to build or managers haven't done in the past."

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