Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly offered his reaction at full-time pitchside following their 1-0 win over Leeds United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Following a run of six matches without a win, including their last three ending in defeats, the pressure was on Chelsea to get a win over relegation-threatened Leeds in the capital; they did just that, narrowly.
Wesley Fofana scored Chelsea’s first goal since January 15 after rising highest to meet Ben Chilwell’s corner delivery to head past Illan Meslier, which proved to be the match-winner to ease the pressure on the Blues.
Chelsea had a positive 30 minutes and should’ve been ahead; Joao Felix hit the bar, while Kai Havertz missed a sitter after being played through one-on-one, but he had his effort saved.
The relief was evident at full-time on Potter, his staff and the playing squad. They had to fight, dig in, and get the result which was the most important – it didn’t really matter how it came.
“I’m delighted for the players and the supporters because they are the most important people at the club,” said Potter at full-time. “If we don’t get results, then that’s my responsibility and I accept that. It’s been a tough period for us all but it’s nice to go home with a win.”
Boehly was in attendance with fellow co-owner Behdad Eghbali in west London on Saturday evening. With the frustration and pressure growing, the three points would’ve been a welcome sight for everyone connected with the club.
At points during the game, both Boehly and Eghbali would have been pulling their hair out, as would’ve Potter, but when Michael Oliver’s whistle blew to bring the game to an end, it would’ve been a huge sigh of relief.
Boehly was captured on the touchline after the game walking past the media and he was asked by Sky Sports whether or not he enjoyed the win.
He offered a short response, saying: “It’s a result.”
The pressure is still on and the challenges get tougher for Chelsea. All eyes now turn to Tuesday night when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash.
Chelsea are one nil down against the Bundesliga outfit and will need to score at least once to give themselves any hope of going through.
Pressure has reduced for now, but it will soon ramp up as Tuesday comes around. Potter’s message was clear to his players. He said: “We now have to prepare for a really exciting game on Tuesday night, which I’m sure will be a fantastic atmosphere and we want to win.”
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