Todd Boehly slammed the Chelsea players inside the Stamford Bridge dressing room at full-time after their 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
The Chelsea co-controlling owner, along with Behdad Eghbali and Hansjörg Wyss, made their way down the tunnel in the capital at the end of the game and into the dressing room which was occupied by caretaker boss Frank Lampard and the playing squad.
It was reported that Boehly and Co were in there for an hour before re-emerging following talks with the squad, which saw Lampard slate the players publicly for their below-par performance against Brighton as they slumped to their third successive defeat under the 44-year-old.
“I’m disappointed on every level,” said Lampard post-match. “The better team won. They could have won by more. They played like a team. They’ve been together a long time.”
He added: “Not good enough. All the basic parts of football – to fight, to run – we were short on. Not a question of commitment as such.”
Now Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph has reported the conversations which took place inside the dressing room.
It’s claimed Boehly, Eghbali and Wyss waited for Lampard to deliver his post-match thoughts to the group before addressing the squad that has seen over £600 million worth on investment put into it since last summer.
Boehly is reported to have slammed the squad by calling their current situation, results and position in the Premier League as “embarrassing”.
The players, as per the reports, were left in ‘no doubt’ that they had been falling short of expectations.
However, the talk was left on a positive note as encouragement was offered to the group ahead of their Champions League quarter-final clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
Chelsea are currently 2-0 down on aggregate after a first leg loss in Spain last week and Boehly reportedly stated that Tuesday night’s clash at Stamford Bridge ‘represents a chance to keep the season alive, end the embarrassment and give Chelsea’s fans something to be proud about’.
There’s acknowledgment and honesty from everyone at the club that this season has simply not been good enough compared to what is expected for Chelsea.
Lampard refused to throw in players under the bus when admitting: “I’m not going to dress today’s performance up. I don’t think the players would want me to. I’m not hanging the players out to dry because I see there’s talent in that room.” But the message is clear, improvement is more than needed and required. That starts on Tuesday night against Real.