Chelsea owners ‘have Man City plan’ that is more ambitious than Abramovich
Mauricio Pochettino was left a Chelsea gift by Thomas Tuchel and a £150m headache
Chelsea’s billionaire owners reportedly have an audacious plan to match Manchester City’s 100-point season with their major spending. Todd Boehly and the rest of his BlueCo consortium have ambitious aims that could trump what former owner Roman Abramovich had planned for the club, which includes matching their success on and off the pitch.
Boehly has sanctioned over £1billion on new signings since he bought the club from Abramovich in May 2022. The American has been desperate to match the spending of the Russian oligarch, whose 19-year reign came to an abrupt end shortly after he was sanctioned in relation to the Russian invasion on Ukraine in February 2022.
Chelsea have an almost entirely new team from the one Abramovich left behind, with Boehly and co-owner Behdad Eghbali aiming to create a team that would break the 100-point barrier in the Premier League.
Man City are the only side to have ever racked up 100 points in a single Premier League campaign – reaching the threshold on the final day of the 2017-18 season. But reports suggest that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are ‘continuously thinking’ about what that side might look like.
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According to the Daily Telegraph, Boehly and Eghbali also want to acquire a stake in Sporting Lisbon after purchasing Strasbourg. Creating a multi-club empire is something Abramovich never did, but is another blueprint first adopted by the owners of Premier League rivals City.
In a bid to reach their lofty aims as quickly as possible, Boehly and co. have spent over £1bn on new players in 18 months. That includes smashing the British record transfer fee twice, first for £107m signing Enzo Fernandez in January and then spending £115m on Moises Caicedo this summer.
But the scattergun approach to transfers has not gone to plan. Boehly has already sifted through four managers and has now entrusted Mauricio Pochettino with guiding the west Londoners on the right path.
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An underwhelming start to the season means the 100-point target might have to be shunned for now. Chelsea have four points from their opening four games and the maximum they can now win is 106 – but only if they triumph in all of their remaining 34 matches.
That type of run would require a major improvement in performance. Chelsea’s solitary victory this season was a 3-0 success against newly-promoted Luton.
However, they lost 3-1 to 10-man West Ham and were beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge last time out, showing Pochettino he has plenty of work to do if he is to reach 100 points over the next few years.
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