After Chelsea was humiliated by Brighton, Conor Gallagher offers a frank appraisal.
Chelsea player Conor Gallagher candidly evaluated his team’s performance and acknowledged to making a personal error in the humiliating loss to Brighton & Hove Albion (h/t Football.London) when speaking to club media after the match.
Graham Potter’s return to the Amex Stadium was a nightmare as the Seahawks defeated his team 4-1. The home team took a three-goal advantage into halftime, and despite Kai Havertz’s goal in the second half, they were able to close off the victory.
Gallagher acknowledged that Brighton want the victory more than Chelsea and regretted missing an easy opportunity when the score was 2-0 in the first half. He was clear through on goal, but his shot went straight at the goalkeeper.
Here is what the Englishman had to say about his own and his team’s performance (h/t Football.London):
“It’s a difficult pill to swallow. Individually and collectively, we were not good enough to succeed. It seems that they want it somewhat more than we did.
“We must examine ourselves. We’re to fault, and we’re devastated, since we know we’re a lot more professional team than that.
“To Brighton’s credit, they were excellent. They are an elite squad, and their supporters were enthusiastic.
“We were always in the game, even when we were down three at halftime.” It demonstrates that we had opportunities, and I should have scored in the first half, which may have altered the game’s outcome. It did not turn out that way.”
The Blues, who entered the weekend sixth in the Premier League based on goal differential, are now three points behind Newcastle United and five points behind Tottenham Hotspur.
After a gruelling schedule of games, a performance of this calibre was not inconceivable. So far, the squad has performed well under Potter’s leadership. Now, they must ensure that this finding was an anomaly and not a trend.
Having qualified for the next round of the Champions League and also clinched first place in the group, the manager may rest several of his key players before next weekend’s crucial match against Arsenal.
Since the beginning of the month, some of the players have played every three or four days, despite Potter’s rotation of the group. The World Cup break is quickly approaching, therefore the Blues must win their next two league games to maintain momentum heading into the season break.