With a Chelsea takeover still a talking point, some of the club’s players are concerned about it having an effect on the pitch.
Players Concerned About Chelsea Takeover
Delays Causing Uncertainty
With Roman Abramovich putting Chelsea up for sale, the delays in securing a buyer are causing concern for players. The Russian Oligarch is subject to sanctions which means that he cannot profit from any sale of the club. Abramovich put the club up for sale which was for, in his words, the best interest of the club, fans, employees and the sponsors and partners.
At least six potential bids have been received and confirmed, but there is no clear indication as to who is winning the race to take over the club. This uncertainty is dominating the off-pitch news, with first-team manager Thomas Tuchel having to field questions every press conference.
Tuchel wants to keep the focus on the field. Chelsea are still in two cup competitions; FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. The London club are in third in the Premier League. According to an exclusive report in The Telegraph by Matt Law, several of the first team players are concerned.
The delays in securing a buyer are a distraction, and it is showing on the pitch. Liverpool and Manchester City are clear of Chelsea in the table. City are 14 points clear, whilst Liverpool are 13. Chelsea have a game in hand, but need to win enough games to challenge for the title.
The London club are not going to finish in the top two this season. Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup final against second-place Liverpool on penalties. In the Champions League, the Blues lost the first leg of the quarter-final 3-1 to Real Madrid, making it an uphill task to progress.
With matches still to play, Chelsea need a resolution as having players worried about the takeover impacts their performance on the pitch. The Blues’ Premier League form had been good, until the problems with the takeover. A devastating defeat to Brentford, followed by their Champions League match, shows how this is affecting the team.