After the arrival of Todd Boehly to Chelsea, it all seemed to be fixed in order for the club to get back the financial stability that they enjoyed of with Abramóvich, but the truth is that the club has been running without course since he left.
A prove of that is the fact that Chelsea have already had three coaches without considering caretakers this season. The ‘Blues’ started off the season under Thomas Tuchel, who was fired in the 6th fixture after having earned 10 points and with his team on 6th position three points behind the Champions League spots where Brighton was by then.
Graham Potter joined in after the sack from the German. Chelsea paid 22 million pounds for him, and so he became the most expensive coach in history surpassing Julian Nagelsman. Potter’s debut was a little bit disappointing, as he drew against Salzburg in the Champions League group stage.
However, his debut in the Premier League was more promising, as Potter won his first three games in charge of the team. However, this streak faded away quickly. After two draws, Chelsea would fall to Brighton 4-1 in the 14th fixture, the previous team from the Englishman coach. And this defeat began to impact the ‘Blues’ course.
As a result, the club headed to the winter transfer market with the board of directors showing his support to Graham Potter and signing many players of his desire. João Félix (on loan), Enzo Fernández, Mijailo Mudryk, Bennoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke and Datro Fofana were all acquired in exchange for 360 million euros in total.
However, the truth is that the team has not improved at all with the new signings, as Potter’s Chelsea worst streak came in the 21st fixture. Chelsea got three consecutive draws plus three defeats in a row, a win against Leicester, another draw to Everton and then a lost to Aston Villa. That is to say, they were not only six games without winning, but they only won one game out of nine, which are very poor numbers for such a club under that investment.
The last defeat of this horrible streak resulted in the sack of Potter and the arrival of Bruno Saltor as the caretaker coach, but the Spanish coach only lasted for a week. After that game, the board of directors decided to hire Franck Lampard until the end of the season. We must remind you that during his first time at Chelsea, Lampard was fired with the team in the 8th position of the table and he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who managed to lift the Champions League title and ended up the season in the 4th spot.
Another antecedent from Lampard in his coaching career was Everton, who he saved from relegation last season, but then he was fired on January 26th after almost three months without winning. All of this does not transmit the best feelings at all on his arrival back to Chelsea, but he certainly does not seem to come back to stay.
The truth is that Chelsea’s season up to this point is worrying, as they only rely on the Champions League to qualify for European competitions towards next season, which is a fact that can certainly limit the program when hiring both a top new coach and new players.
However, Chelsea already have very top and promising players in their squad. In addition, after the winter new signings, their roster is more balanced. However, they keep lacking a pure striker and have too many ‘playmakers’, which is why they might have a main role once again on next summer transfer market.
It is a very attractive program for which coaches such as Julian Nagelsman or Luis Enrique have already been linked to, which proves that they are looking for a similar playing style to Potter’s. Furthermore, the club counts on the huge financial muscle from Todd Boehly, who has already shown that he really invests big quantities if required, which can bring top coaches in order to change the course next season.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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