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David Teague swats away criticism of lacklustre Blues

Carlton coach David Teague claims he has paid little attention to a week of frustration and discontent about the AFL club's performances.

The heat has been focused firmly on the Blues after they slumped to 2-3 after losing to Port Adelaide at the MCG last Saturday night.

Having not featured in finals since 2013 -- and last played in a grand final 22 years ago -- Carlton fans are wondering if this season will be another wasted opportunity.

Teague, who is in his second full season in charge, has refused to be shaken by strong criticism, including from former Carlton great Mark Maclure.

"I haven't seen a lot of it, the reaction, I've heard bits of it," he said. "I've heard a little bit of blame being thrown around but I come back to what we can control.

"I'm really comfortable with the group of players that we've got going out on the field. I'm not going to change my tunes off one weekend. I understand where the fans are at, I get that. We're very lucky, we've got some of the most passionate fans.

"At some stage, it will click; ideally it's quicker rather than later but right now we're not playing our best footy."

After being soundly beaten by a top-four contender, the Blues get another chance at taking on a preliminary finalist from last year.

Carlton host the Brisbane Lions on Saturday - the same team Teague faced in his first game as a senior AFL coach in 2019.

A keen observer at Marvel Stadium will be former West Coast and Essendon coach John Worsfold, who has been announced as a coaching consultant at the Blues.

Now Perth-based after leaving the Bombers last year, Worsfold returns to Carlton, where he began his coaching career as an assistant 21 years ago.

Teague's relationship with Worsfold extends to when he was an assistant at West Coast.

"He's someone who's been a sounding board for me," Teague said.

"I sat with him a couple of times last year in the hub just discussing different ideas and I really rate his opinion.

"It's more of a mentoring role ... it's more to review our processes and how we go about things."