Chelsea news LIVE: Todd Boehly tours training ground, takeover bidders granted EXTENSION, Mendy bounce back – latest

TODD BOEHLY seems to be ramping up his efforts in completing a historic takeover of Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.

The American billionaire's consortium took a tour of Cobham training ground, however, they are not the first bidders to do so.

As for the takeover, Thomas Tuchel was surprised to learn that the bidders have been granted an extension on placing their offers.

Meanwhile, the Blues boss backs Edouard Mendy to recover from the crucial mistake which led to Karim Benzema's completing his hat-trick.

And keep refreshing for all the latest info on Chelsea's intriguing encounter against Southampton TODAY.

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  • Alex Cole

    Tuchel has the blues

    Karim Benzema’s hat-trick at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday followed last weekend’s 4-1 humiliation to Brentford. Shipping seven goals at home in the space of five days led to Thomas Tuchel telling some home truths to his squad on Thursday afternoon, writes TOM BARCLAY.

    The German described that gathering as “not a discussion meeting, it was more I gave my point of view. This is sometimes necessary”.

    As frustrated as Tuchel may be with the alarming slump since the international break, this is not the first time this Blues squad have had a meltdown.

    In fact, the reason the ex-Paris Saint-Germain chief was appointed in the first place was because Chelsea’s form fell off a cliff under Frank Lampard over the festive period of 2020.

    Tuchel feels that bad habit is one of the reasons they are trailing Manchester City and Liverpool.

    He explained: “This is the gap I’m talking about and what we need to close.

    “It is tough because you compare yourself with maybe the best two teams that ever played in the  Premier League in terms of their  consistency.

    “When you compare yourself, you can get frustrated — and maybe feel less strong than you actually are.

    “But on the other side, there is something to close. It seems it does not happen to these two teams like it can happen to us.

    “The first point is to admit it. The second point is not to get frustrated about it and work on it with a daily process and take your lessons out of it.”

  • Alex Cole

    Tuch shop

    Sweet-toothed Thomas Tuchel needed lots of chocolate to make it through a video of Chelsea’s horror show against Real Madrid — and still felt sour, writes TOM BARCLAY.

    The Blues manager confessed he relied on confectionery while at home analysing Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat in the Champions League.

    The German said: “I watched the match again and I got angry at home in the middle of the night.

    “And the next morning I watched it again and got angry again.

    “The amount of chocolate I needed was immense to go through the match again and compensate!

    “You sit there in the middle of the night, it is not nice.

    “You start writing and writing and you realise that you are writing more and more, more minutes with a certain way of explaining things so that you don’t forget.

    “At some point you press the button to watch it in double-speed so it passes quicker, and then you know you’re not in a good place."

  • Alex Cole

    Boehly tours the training ground

    Elsewhere, Todd Boehly’s consortium took a tour of Chelsea’s Cobham training ground as they look to complete historic takeover of the club.

    SunSport understands the Ricketts family have already visited the Surrey base and another bidder is expected today.

    Our exclusive pictures showed the 20-strong group – all suited and booted – walking around the complex.

    Finally, Tuchel expressed surprise when told that the bidders for Chelsea have been given an extension on placing their offers until the latter half of next week.

    When asked for his opinion on the extension deadline, Tuchel said: “Oh I did not know this.

    “No… it is what it is.

    “It’s the process, and I’m sure that the people who take care of it; our board, the government, and the people who made the bid, are aware of the urgency.

    “It’s not my business, actually, so it’s not an upset. As I said before, I’m not involved in the daily process of that.

    “So, it’s not a new concern.”

  • Alex Cole

    Good morning, Chelsea fans

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is backing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to bounce back from his horror show against Real Madrid when they visit Southampton TODAY.

    Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Tuchel said: “It’s life as a goalkeeper on a high level. It’s a special position in football. You are in the spotlight. When you are so successful like [Edourd Mendy], you are even more in the spotlight.

    “He was never fully free of mistakes. We helped him get better, and sometimes luckier. Of course, he can deal with this situation much better, he knows that. It’s bad timing to do it in a match like Real Madrid.

    “I hope it does not affect his self-confidence too much. It’s about accepting it and living with mistakes; to refocus, stay calm and confident. Now he can prove he is a true champion.”

    Meanwhile, Tuchel also revealed that Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech will both undergo late fitness tests ahead of tomorrow’s match at Southampton.

    Striker Lukaku has picked up an achilles injury that Tuchel describes as ‘painful but not serious’ while Ziyech is struggling with a knock that kept him out of training this morning.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel's surprise

    Thomas Tuchel expressed surprise when told that the bidders for Chelsea have been given an extension on placing their offers until the latter half of next week.

    When asked for his opinion on the extension deadline, Tuchel said: “Oh I did not know this.

    “No… it is what it is.

    “It’s the process, and I’m sure that the people who take care of it; our board, the government, and the people who made the bid, are aware of the urgency.

    “It’s not my business, actually, [so] it’s not an upset. As I said before, I’m not involved in the daily process of that.

    “So, it’s not a new concern.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel defends Mendy's blunder

    Thomas Tuchel has reminded critics that Edouard Mendy isn't perfect after the keeper's blunder against Real Madrid this week.

    Tuchel said: "He was never fully free of mistakes, also not last season, but we helped him.

    "It’s bad timing to do a mistake like this in a quarter-final, such a big occasion like this, one of the worst moments.

    "I hope it doesn’t affect his self-confidence too much, because accepting mistakes is also what goalkeeping is about, living with mistakes, and going back and helping your team.

    "Now he can prove he is a true champion."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ziyech international row

    Morroco's football chief has vowed to bring Hakim Ziyech back into the national side at all costs in time for the World Cup.

    And FA boss Fouzi Lekjaa threatened to SACK Atlas Lions coach Vahid Halilhodzic unless he recalls the Chelsea winger.

    Ziyech has won 40 caps, but announced his international retirement in February after falling out with Halilhodzic.

    However Lekjaa has pledged to have the 29-year-old and Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui back in the fold in time for November's finals.

    The FA president said, as reported by Dutch outlet NU: "There are problems that need to be solved.

    "We will do so in order for Ziyech and Mazraoui to return to the national team.

    "Vahid has our support for now, but nothing is set in stone. You can't say that he is untouchable or irreplaceable.

    "When the time is right we will make a decision about him."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea's weekend Blues

    Thomas Tuchel has Romeulu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech will miss Chelsea's trip to Southampton tomorrow.

    “He missed training yesterday and hopefully he will come today and feel good enough with no pain to be available tomorrow,” Tuchel said of former Manchester United and Everton man Lukaku.

    “Callum is still out and we are a bit of a doubt with Romelu (Lukaku) and Hakim (Ziyech).

    “There will be a test at 3pm to decide whether they're involved.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel's reveals his fury

    Thomas Tuchel has revealed how he gave his Chelsea squad a dressing down their two consecutive home defeats.

    Speaking today, Tuchel said: “It was not a discussion type of meeting. More like I gave my point of view which is sometimes also necessary. 

    “We take the players' view very seriously and often into account but after the last two games we felt we needed to give our point of view but behind closed doors in an atmosphere where everybody can take criticism.

    “I feel involved in a development like this. We don't point fingers and we don't look for guilty people.

    “We are in this together but we needed to point out some things we are not happy with, like our defending. It was about the game.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea in Dembele transfer boost

    Ousmane Dembele has NOT reopened contract negotiations with Barcelona, according to reports.

    That is despite holding a meeting with the club to try and "rebuild the relationship".

    And that could provide a boost for Chelsea, who may look to swoop for the free agent.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, Dembele's agent sat down with Barcelona chiefs in Marrakech.

    The reason was to try and resolve the differences and repair any damage done following a "complicated" January.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal meet Eden Hazard’s agent

    Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a stunning swoop for Chelsea legend Eden Hazard.

    The Gunners reportedly want to help him revive his Premier League career by offering him a shock return to the Premier League.

    Now Foot Mercato are claiming talks have taken place between his representatives and the Gunners this week.

    They state that Mikel Arteta’s side are looking to initially complete a loan deal for Hazard.

    And that would include an option to buy.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Boehly's consortium visits Cobham

    Todd Boehly’s consortium took a tour of Chelsea’s Cobham training ground as they look to complete historic takeover of the club.

    The American billionaire's group is just one of four remaining bidders – and all will have visited Cobham by Monday.

    SunSport understands the Ricketts family have already visited the Surrey base and another bidder is expected today.

    Our exclusive pictures show the 20-strong group – all suited and booted – walking around the complex.

    Boehly is not among the group but did attend Stamford Bridge for Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday.

  • Sam Dymond

    Pair doubtful for Saints visit

    Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech will both undergo late fitness tests ahead of tomorrow's match at Southampton.

    Striker Lukaku has picked up an achilles injury that Tuchel describes as 'painful but not serious' while Ziyech is struggling with a knock that kept him out of training this morning.

    Chelsea's only confirmed absentees are long-term casualty Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has also endured an achilles issue.

  • Sam Dymond

    Tuchel: Mendy is a true champion

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is backing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to bounce back from his horror show against Real Madrid when they visit Southampton tomorrow.

    Mendy has conceded seven goals in the past two games, and was at fault for the strike that completed Karim Benzema's hat-trick on Wednesday.

    Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Tuchel said: "It's life as a goalkeeper on a high level. It's a special position in football. You are in the spotlight. When you are so successful like [Edourd Mendy], you are even more in the spotlight.

    "He was never fully free of mistakes. We helped him get better, and sometimes luckier. Of course, he can deal with this situation much better, he knows that. It's bad timing to do it in a match like Real Madrid.

    "I hope it does not affect his self-confidence too much. It's about accepting it and living with mistakes; to refocus, stay calm and confident. Now he can prove he is a true champion."

  • Sam Dymond

    Hasenhuttl enjoying Chelsea struggle

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl had admitted that he was heartened by Chelsea's recent defeats to Brentford and Real Madrid – but is expecting a different beast this weekend.

    The south coast club host the Blues in the Premier League tomorrow, and the Austrian coach fears a backlash after their below-par performances.

    Speaking at his Friday press conference, Hasenhuttl said: “It's interesting that such a team was a little bit affected by the home loss against Brentford, you could feel it [against Madrid]. They were not so confident with everything they did.

    "It's a good thing to see that also big teams are struggling sometimes. The bad thing is that this doesn't happen very often.

    “I think even if they win this game [against Real Madrid] 3-0 and have the next game on Tuesday against them, I know that the Saturday game [versus Southampton] is very important for them.

    “The Premier League games for Chelsea are always important, against us especially, because I know it's not easy coming here. I think it will be a tough game and a tough fight."

  • Sam Dymond

    Deadline date extended for Blues bidders

    Prospective owners of Chelsea will now have until next Thursday to finalise their offers for the football club.

    That's the understanding of The Telegraph's Matt Law, who believes the date has been moved from April 11 to April 14.

    The four remaining parties could now utilise the remaining time to sought financial support to improve their bids.

  • Sam Dymond

    Dodgers chief joins Boehly's bid

    The Athletic is reporting that Los Angeles Dodgers principal owner Mark Walter has linked up with Todd Boehly in the latter's bid to buy Chelsea.

    The addition of Walter, understood to have a net worth of $4.4 billion, puts the Boehly group in an incredibly favourable position in the four-way race to purchase the Stamford Bridge club.

    It is reckoned that Dodgers executives believe the data-driven model that they use to recruit and select in baseball will translate well to football.

  • Sam Dymond

    Ricketts bid sabotaged by rivals

    The Ricketts family believe their bid to buy Chelsea is being sabotaged by their three competitors.

    According to ESPN, sources close to the family have indicated that other parties involve in the four-way fight to own the Londoners have encouraged supporters in their protests against the Ricketts.

    Some Blues fans have taken exception to the possibility of being taken over by the American family, citing islamophobic comments from Joe Ricketts – not involved in the bid – as their main objection.

    Raine Group, the merchant bank overseeing the purchase, announced yesterday that bidders had been given longer than the original April 11 deadline to finalise their offers.

  • Sam Dymond

    Blues to lose two strikers

    Chelsea are preparing for the departure of two multimillion pound strikers as the curse of their big-money forwards hits again.

    The Stamford Bridge club have a long list of failed attackers that they have paid top dollar for, and it is now set to grow even longer with the addition of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

    Lukaku has reportedly held video calls with former employers Inter Milan about a return to the San Siro despite only moving back to the Blues last summer for a whopping £100 million.

    Werner, meanwhile, has also been linked to Serie A as well a possible move back to the Bundesliga after two disappointing seasons with Chelsea.

    However, the Londoners are already resigned to taking a hit on the striker, knowing that they have little chance of recouping the £47million that they paid in 2020.

  • Sam Dymond

    Mount still believes in Blues

    Mason Mount insists that Chelsea can still successfully defend their European title despite Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues were below par as they were beaten in the first leg of their quarter-final, and the England midfielder reckons that it's a performance and result that remains hard to comprehend.

    Mount wrote on Twitter last night: "Never easy to analyse a game after losing like that, but we are Chelsea… and it’s not over yet.

    "Your constant support motivates us, we will fight for you and get ourselves back on track."

    The second leg takes place at the Bernabeu next Tuesday.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    The Ricketts family are currently the frontrunners to take over Chelsea and have major plans for the club.

    Eric Nordness – who oversaw the Ricketts’ £760million redevelopment of the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Park stadium – told the Evening Standard: “We have the template.

    “I see so many eerie similarities, including the ground being next to the railway line, an urban, dense neighbourhood.

    “It’s a stadium that holds about the same amount — we’re 41,500, they’re about 42,000.

    “Stamford Bridge was first built in 1876, the Cubs were formed in 1876”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea are facing an intense bidding war in their pursuit of West Ham star Declan Rice in the summer.

    That is because Manchester United are plotting a major spending spree to welcome Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea ace Timo Werner’s agent has reportedly travelled to Italy for talks with several Serie A teams amid speculation around the forward’s future.

    Werner has struggled to find consistent form since arriving at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig two years ago.

    According to The Express, the Germany international’s representative Volker Struth is now exploring the possibility of a switch to Serie A.

    Struth has flown out to Italy for meetings with Juventus, AC Milan and Atalanta.

    Finally, Joe Cole has slammed Chelsea’s performance in their 3-1 loss to Real Madrid as one of the worst the club have ever produced.

    Cole told BT Sport: “Chelsea played well in the second half.

    “[The] First half was one of the worst performances I have seen from Chelsea for a long, long time.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Where it went wrong

    Karen Carney has given her view on what went wrong for Chelsea against Real Madrid.

    She said on BBC Radio 5: "The gaps were too big and the movement, fluidity, the rotation, Madrid pulled Chelsea apart and I haven’t really seen that in a while.

    "They made what is usually a very strong defensive unit at Chelsea look very average at times and that was a credit to their front line.

    "There was big talk before the start of the game about Thibaut Courtois and Karim Benzema for Real Madrid.

    "You look at the Chelsea goalkeeper and Romelu Lukaku that came on and the difference with both of them."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea's Champions League hopes

    Mario Melchiot reckons Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League without a doubt this season.

    He said: “Definitely you want to play in the Champions League season, that’s why they’re fighting for that.

    “But I don’t think that [the top four race] is going to be a big problem [for Chelsea].”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel's not to blame

    Jamie Carragher reckons Thomas Tuchel isn't to blame for Romelu Lukaku's dip in form.

    He said: “It’s not down to the manager, it’s down to Lukaku. It’s not about the love from a manager.

    "You spend £100million on a player to make a difference in these games, and he can’t even get in the team,” Carragher said.

    “I don’t question the manager at all in that situation. This thing about needing love… just go and play well.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuch or go?

    Thomas Tuchel needs to win the FA Cup to keep his job at Chelsea.

    That's the opinion of talkSPORT host Simon Jordan.

    Jordan said on the show: "They win the FA Cup it might save Tuchel’s bacon because we are in a dangerous territory.

    “If Bruce Buck is still there [under new owners], the same logic will apply. Tuchel, if he comes out at the end of the season, potentially, will face the same challenges other Chelsea managers have had, which is if you win nothing, you get nothing besides a drop kick out the door.

    "That could mean Chelsea really need to win this FA Cup to come out of this season with something."

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