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    Potter´s Chelsea ´not good enough´ as Hasselbaink warns top-four finish is out of reach

    Graham Potter described Chelsea’s performance as ‘not good enough’ after a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest, as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink warned the Blues are in danger of Champions League poverty.

    Hasselbaink believes his former club is destined to miss out on a top four finish after they slipped at the City Ground on New Year’s Day.

    Chelsea won the Champions League just two seasons ago and head coach Potter could come under pressure if they don’t play in Europe’s premier club competition for the 2023-24 season.

    The London club are eighth in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

    Former Blues striker Hasselbaink told Sky Sports: “I think they are too far from the top four. Yes, they are missing some really important players – [Reece] James, [N’Golo] Kante, [Ben] Chilwell – but they are defensive players.

    “He [Potter] need to win matches, he needs to win as many matches as possible. Chelsea should be in the Champions League. It won’t happen.

    “He had a lot of injuries and you need to give him time. You have to give him time to form his team.”

    On Sunday, Potter saw Chelsea squander an early lead when a Raheem Sterling shot was answered by a fine second-half response from Serge Aurier.

    Former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Potter described it as “a hard-earned point against a team that is well set” and he praised the spirit in Forest’s ranks which saw them pick up the pace after the break.

    But that may not sit well with Chelsea fans, who expect their side to be able to withstand such pressure on teams battling to avoid relegation.

    Forest, in 18th place in the table, could well have taken all three points, as they had more chances in live play.

    Chelsea have only won one of their last seven Premier League matches, losing three and drawing three.

    “I don’t think our level of play was good enough to score three points,” Potter said.

    “When we were in control, we didn’t move the ball fast enough, we didn’t have enough movement, and when we lost control of the game, we had difficulty.”

    Potter said it “would be unfair” for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to convert a late chance. It so happened that the striker could not hit his head with a cross from Hakim Ziyech.

    The Chelsea boss said his team “didn’t deserve to win the game with this” and declined to discuss possible new signings amid claims defender Benoît Badiashile is open to signing from Monaco.

    Asked about qualifying for the Champions League, Potter said: “We have a long way to go in terms of how we want the team to look and the level of performance. It would be a mistake on our part to worry about what might happen in five months.

    “We need to focus on the next match and improve our performance levels and make it more consistent.”

    The next match is a Premier League home game against defending champions Manchester City on Thursday, and the next game is another clash with City on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup.

    It doesn’t get any easier for Potter, who said his team’s midweek win over Bournemouth was “a step forward”.

    “Today was a bit retarded,” he added.

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