The Chelsea boss endured a horror return to Brighton and saw his team beaten by the time the halftime whistle sounded at the Amex.
Brighton scored three goals at half-time in an impressive first half performance and it’s no exaggeration to say the Seagulls could have scored a few more as they cracked Chelsea open at will.
Brighton’s intensity and desire were simply too much for their opponents, who meekly gave up possession and slid into first-division defeat under their new coach.
At halftime Potter made some changes which made for some improvement, but it was a case of too little too late from the Chelsea boss.
Not an afternoon he will fondly remember.
Potter named the USMNT star in his lineup for the second game in a row, but he is likely to return to the bench after another disappointing performance.
Pulisic should have scored in the first half when Robert Sanchez parried Conor Gallagher’s attempt in his path, but couldn’t even find the target, let alone the keeper at work. It was a terrible miss.
The rest of the match largely passed Pulisic by and it was no surprise to see him hooked in the second half, while Potter was desperate to find his way back into the game.
Chelsea’s back three:
Chelsea returned to a back three, but the decision backfired spectacularly as the Seagulls scored four and feel they could have had a few more.
The visitors looked weak defensively for the 90th minute as De Zerbi’s attacking, aggressive approach paid off, exposing Chelsea’s defensive limitations.
Cucurella and Trevoh Chalobah both struggled on either side of Thiago Silva, with little help from Sterling and Pulisic as the two full-backs.
Potter may decide to reconsider his formation now, especially with key games against Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle ahead of the 2022 World Cup.