Graham Potter agreed. Manchester United’s late equalizer in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea was deserved, as Chelsea did not do enough to earn all three points.
Casemiro’s 94th-minute header cancelled out Jorginho’s 87th-minute penalty at Stamford Bridge. It was United’s first Premier League equalizer since Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored against Everton in April 2017.
Chelsea were second best for much of the first half, but Potter’s decision to replace Marc Cucurella with Mateo Kovacic and switch to a back four before the break helped stem the tide.
While Chelsea improved and finished with an expected goals (xG) value of 1.07, compared to 0.85 for United, Potter did not feel hard done by after a draw that kept his side a point ahead of United.
“I’m not going to stand here and say we deserved to win. “Both teams gave it their all, and a point is about right,” the Blues’ head coach told BBC Sport. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort; the boys gave it their all.”
“When you score as late as you do, it feels like you’ve dropped points, but a point is about right over the course of the game.”
“There are a lot of positives in terms of the boys’ effort in the game.” United outplayed us for the first 30 minutes, and we had to respond, which I believe we did.
“Because of how hard fought it has been, it is difficult to control things going into the box when we scored.” We must accept the point and pick ourselves up to try again.”
Chelsea and Manchester United have now drawn five consecutive games, making this the most drawn Premier League fixture in history (26 in total).
Kepa Arrizabalaga came up just short of a sixth consecutive clean sheet, and a fourth in a row in the league for Chelsea for the first time since March 2021.
The Spain international got a hand to Casemiro’s header, but the ball bounced off the goal frame and over the line.
“Kepa was unlucky, but it’s only just gone in and it’s the first goal we’ve conceded in a long time.” “We must focus on the positives,” Potter added.
“I thought we could have attacked more effectively at times.” We had opportunities, they had opportunities, so a point is about right.”