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Todd Boehly urges Chelsea players to turn embarrassing season around ahead of Champions League clash with Real Madrid

Chelsea co-controlling owner Todd Boehly has urged the players to turn around their season following their 2-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion, according to The Telegraph.

The Chelsea chief followed the players into the dressing room following the abysmal performance at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Other co-owners, Behdad Eghbali and Hansjorg Wyss, also entered the home dressing room. 

Boehly told Chelsea’s players that their position in the league and results have been embarrassing.

The club has had a poor campaign under the new ownership. When Boehly and the Clearlake Consortium arrived this summer, there was a lot of positivity.

Those feelings have dissolved into despair. The Blues are eleventh in the Premier League and will miss out on European football.

They are out of the two domestic cup competitions, with Manchester City knocking them out twice.

The Blues also have one foot out of the Champions League. They lost the first leg of their quarter-final tie with Real Madrid.

They looked listless and no match for their Spanish counterparts tactically and technically. Los Blancos dominated them all over the park, and Chelsea were lucky to lose by only two goals.

Boehly sacked Thomas Tuchel and spent a record sum to take Graham Potter from Brighton & Hove Albion.

They dismissed the Englishman after seven months, during which they did not show any signs of progress.

They surprisingly brought back Frank Lampard, a man with one win in his last 13 games as a manager.

The former Chelsea midfielder has failed to win any of his first three matches. They look worse under Lampard.

They looked defensively solid and showed spatial awareness under Potter but struggled to score.

Chelsea’s play is now tactically bankrupt. They look bereft of any compactness. It was a common theme in Lampard’s first spell.

The owners recklessly threw record sums for players who did not improve the club. They hastily sacked Tuchel and were wrong in their decision to hire Potter.

The decision to bring back Lampard was ill-thought, and the time wasted finding a new manager indicates indecisiveness.

Chelsea welcome Madrid to the Bridge tomorrow but are second favourites. So qualification for the semi-finals will take a miracle.

It remains unclear whether the pep talk from their owner will inspire them to a turnaround.

The London club will need more than motivation to beat the reigning and 14-time Champions League winners.

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