Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel used a press conference on Friday to defend the club’s new owner, Todd Boehly, who is accused of being “panic” in the transfer market and acted almost like he was playing a football video game.
American Boehly, who also co-owns Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Dodgers, bought the West Londoners from Roman Abramovich for £4.5 billion ($5.4 billion). dollars) as part of a consortium in May, after the Russian businessman was sanctioned for alleged links. to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Marina Granovskaia quickly followed Abramovich through the Stamford Bridge exit door, which left Boehly inexperienced to act as sporting director.
On more than one occasion, he was presented by his FC Barcelona counterpart, Mateu Alemany, who beat him to the signings of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde when their former clubs were already accepting an offer from the Blues at Raphinha and Kounde. case.
But it hasn’t all been dark and gloomy, with Boehly landing Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Gabriel Slonina and Carney Chukwuemeka in recent weeks, while also making Barca academy product Marc Cucurella the most expensive left-back. of all time in a £62 million ($73.5 million) Friday.
Pushing back against Sky pundit Neville’s accusations that Boehly was “panic” in the transfer market by casting its net far and wide, and “wants to play Football Manager” in reference to the popular video game, Tuchel jumped to the club owner’s defense ahead of their season opener against Everton on Saturday.
“No, I would describe it as super hard work and learning on the job,” Tuchel responded when asked if Boehly had indeed panicked.
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“The transfer market is one of the hardest things you can do when you come from outside, but I have nothing but the utmost respect and compliments for Todd.
“I don’t know when they sleep, I think they may never sleep” Tuchel spoke again about Boehly and his team.
“We have a very honest, open and direct line of communication and the transfers so far speak for themselves.
“We have a delay, of course. Nobody is guilty of this delay because of the sanctions, [which] leads to the loss of key players”, Tuchel added, referring to how the club were punished when Abramovich had his assets frozen while stars such as Antonio Rudiger left on free transfers.
“But the two owners who are involved in day-to-day business are doing a fantastic job so far.”
Pushed to comment on Chelsea’s chances of winning a first Premier League crown since 2017, Tuchel said he didn’t want to “put a limit on our expectations right now or put too much pressure on us.”
“I don’t think that would help us. I believe we are a club in transition, a team in transition and at the same time I don’t want to limit ourselves from the start and say it’s not possible,” he underlined.
“Who knows what’s possible? It’s possible [to go] both ways, so we need to be humble and strive to be the best version of ourselves. We have the ability to win games and win back-to-back games.”
Tuchel has warned that Chelsea are “very aware” the quality of defending champions Manchester City and Liverpool – widely regarded as the two best teams in England – and also that of underdogs Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United.
“Normally one or two teams come in surprisingly and outperform. That’s why the Premier League is so exciting,” Tuchel insisted.
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