After four months in charge of Chelsea, manager Graham Potter is now facing considerable pressure, following a series of poor performances that would have led to the unseating of his predecessors during the Roman Abramovich era.

The severe 4-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City, on Sunday, led to the “Blues” exit from the League Cup. The London team ranks tenth in the English Premier League, 10 points behind the top four.

It is not the start that the club’s new American owners expected after spending more than £300m on new players with the aim of improving a team that finished third in the league last season.

And by listening to the denunciations of the fans, it appears that the consortium led by owner Todd Boyle is the one to be held responsible for what is going on on the field.

While Chelsea were facing City at the weekend, a number of fans who moved to the Etihad Stadium rebelled by repeating the names of former German coach Thomas Tuchel and former owner Abramovich.

The new owners sacked Tuchel after just seven games into the current season, in what looked like a sure sign that the ‘take-and-sack’ culture would remain at Stamford Bridge despite Abramovich’s departure.

The Russian owner has shown no mercy even towards illustrious coaches such as Portuguese Jose Mourinho and Italians Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte, who won Premier League titles during their spells at the London club.

Despite his reputation as a Premier League manager in three fantastic seasons with Brighton, Potter does not have the CV to match many of his predecessors. However, the latter believes that times have changed at Chelsea. He has previously said that a more patient approach, as promised by the new owners, was one of the things that drew him to leave Brighton last September.

“There’s a completely different ownership,” Potter said after losing 1-0 to City in Chelsea’s last league game.

He added, “It was difficult for people to continue at Chelsea for the last 20 years, and that is one thing, and now suddenly it is different. The reason for taking over is that you have the opportunity to shape a club that is going through a huge transition period.”

One thing that may mitigate the entitlement of the grudge against Potter is that Chelsea’s £280m spending in the summer window happened before his arrival.

It also happened after the departure of the Russian club’s transfer official, Marina Granovskaia, while goalkeeper-turned-performance advisor Petr Cech left with Abramovich’s departure.

Bohli himself took responsibility for signings when he also held the position of sporting director, and the result was a scattering approach in the transfer market.

The signings of veteran players, the likes of Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegalese Khalidou Koulibaly, did not pay off, while more than £50m was spent on a number of promising young players who were not yet ready for the first team and Potter also suffered from a large injury list.

Frenchman N’Golo Kante has not played since last August, and English internationals Reece James and Ben Chilwell missed the World Cup finals after a long period of absence, and the participation of the player who joined the most expensive deal for Chelsea last summer, Frenchman Wesley Fofana, was limited to four matches.

Raheem Sterling and American Christian Pulisic were also excluded in the next few weeks, and Albanian Armando Broya’s season ended after he suffered damage to the anterior cruciate ligament.

“We’ve been through a massive transition and the problems in terms of injuries don’t make it easy to be stable,” Potter said.

But with Chelsea in the unusual position of finishing behind neighbors Fulham, whom they meet in the west London derby on Thursday, Potter needs to find adequate answers rather than excuses if he is to keep his job.

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