- Behdad Eghbali “went into the Chelsea dressing room after every game”
- Todd Boehly was criticized for his locker room visits last season
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Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali was reportedly “spotted leaving the team’s dressing room at Stamford Bridge following the defeat to Aston Villa.”
That’s according to the The Telegraphwho claim that the 47-year-old has “walked up to the players after every game he has attended this season”.
This comes after co-owner Todd Boehly came under scrutiny after he went backstage at Stamford Bridge and addressed Mauricio Pochettino’s side, describing them as “embarrassed” following their 2-1 defeat to Brighton at the Bridge in April “ referred to.
However, it is understood Eghbali has not contacted the players. The media reported that instead he simply “shaked hands with the players and coaching staff and greeted them while wishing the individual players all the best.”
Although he didn’t speak to the team, his presence in the locker room could still prompt fans to ask questions.
The Blues have now failed to score in their last three Premier League games, with Pochettino’s side suffering defeats against Villa and Nottingham Forest and a draw against Bournmouth, which left them 14th in the table.
Ollie Watkins scored the only goal of Sunday’s game, with Malo Gusto receiving a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Lucas Digne, which was subsequently converted to a red card.
After the game, Pochettino urged the club’s owners to give him time after the game while the club is in the process of rebuilding, with the team’s new owners having now spent over £1 billion on new signings since arriving in south London in May 2022.
The Argentine said in his post-match press conference: “Give me time because I didn’t see her.” [the owners] after the game.
“They are disappointed, they have arrived at the club and are very excited to build a project. “Of course they are disappointed, but at the same time they have to support the plan.”
Boehly, for his part, is said to have caused a stir at the club last year after his side lost to Brighton and their league form was disappointing.
The American decided to take matters into his own hands. Mail Sport reported that he spoke to the team and said the following words: “That’s not good enough, that’s not what we brought you to the club for.” “You don’t take responsibility.”
A source told Mail Sport that the address “went down badly with some players”.
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said at the time that players should accept that the owner wants to have his say, citing his experience of seeing Roman Abramovich in the dressing room as a player.
“If an owner has their interest in the team at heart and wants to help and improve, it is their prerogative to make the contribution they want,” Lampard said.
“I remember the moments when I walked into the locker room for the first time as an owner player. It happened for the first time at Chelsea and I remember being really happy they were there.
“You could touch them, you could give them a high-five and listen to them. “That’s not a bad thing in terms of the identity of the club and where you want to go.”