Chelsea Fans Vent Their Spleen On The American Owners

A large section of Chelsea’s fans vented their displeasure at the club’s American owners and coach Mauricio Pochettino on Saturday as the faltering Blues battled to a 2-2 draw at a injury-drained Brentford.

The two-time Champions League winners, who also won the English title five times between 2005 and 2017, are having a second disappointing season, two years after a U.S.-led consortium took over the club and invested heavily in players.

Watching their side waste a 1-0 lead to go 2-1 down halfway through the final part was just too much for some of the fans in the away end at the Gtech Community stadium.

During the game, fans of the club started yelling the name of “Roman Abramovich, Roman Abramovich” as they looked to analyze their victories under the club’s Russian former owner with their mid-table position now.

Then came a bitter serenade about Todd Boehly, the most noticeable face of Chelsea’s new ownership. Other fans were also celebrating former boss Jose Mourinho, who came out on top for three league titles at Stamford Bridge. As if that’s the end, they are just not happy about Pochettino, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager who was appointed as head coach of the west London club in May.

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Other Chelsea fans sought to rally behind the team, who eventually battled back to secure a 2-2 draw when defender Axel Disasi forced in a header in the 83rd minute.

“It is normal. We were losing the game 2-1 and it’s about expressing frustration,” Pochettino told reporters. “Of course we are responsible. I am one of those responsible, I am the head coach.”

He said Chelsea’s management team needed to earn a better relationship with the fans by winning more games, but he also said, “We need to manage some reality.”

The Argentine manager has previously said it is unrealistic to compare Chelsea now, after an overhaul which saw a string of young and relatively inexperienced players join the club, with the triumphant teams of the recent past.

“We are working really, really hard to win games and the team is fighting,” Pochettino said.

He also said the side was tired after playing 120 minutes in the League Cup final that they lost 1-0 to Liverpool on Sunday and then beating Leeds United with a last-gasp winner in a 3-2 FA Cup thriller on Wednesday.

“I am fighting with all my sense to try to provide the team with the best tools to work and improve and to play in the best way,” Pochettino said.

“Today is my 52nd birthday. I know very well this business. But I know we’re never going to give up. We’re going to fight.”

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