Chelsea’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has spoken out about his first meeting with Todd Boehly, who is vying to become the club’s next owner.
Following the completion of discussions at the beginning of the month, the acquisition of Chelsea by a group led by the co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers is expected to be completed by the end of the month. It brings to an end the bidding war that has been going on since Roman Abramovich originally put his prized asset up for sale in early March.
Despite the fact that Boehly attended Chelsea’s most recent home game against Wolves, Tuchel said at the time that the two had not yet spoken. Despite this, the two men met for a “casual” talk during the week leading up to the Blues’ FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
Speaking after the 6-5 loss on penalties, Tuchel said: “We had lunch together but it was in a room with everybody like players and staff. It was friendly and open, a very informal meeting over lunch for half an hour or 40 minutes.
“We didn’t go into details. It was not the moment, only to get a feeling and say hello. We talked more about baseball but when the moment is right, we will share our opinions in more detail in the next weeks.”
The German continued: “He paid some money so I don’t think he’s keen to drop the ambition. That would be a big surprise. I am sure that he is ambitious to build a competitive Chelsea for the highest level.”
Asked whether he was concerned about the cup final defeat, with Boehly watching on, Tuchel added: “We try to impress with what we do and we do that with full commitment and passion.