‘It’s just come through… Todd Boehly’s put a bid in for the WHOLE squad of Dortmund!’: Jamie Carragher pokes fun at big-spending Chelsea owner after Blues are beaten in Germany in first leg of Champions League last-16
- Todd Boehly has not hesitated to spend his money since arriving at Chelsea
- Chelsea spent more than £300m on eight new players in the January window
- Jamie Carragher could not resist a joke at Boehly’s expense on Wednesday night
Jamie Carragher could not resist a joke at Todd Boehly’s expense after Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Borussia Dortmund.
Karim Adeyemi scored the only goal of the game to give the German side a slender lead heading into the Champions League last-16 second leg at Stamford Bridge.
As Dortmund’s players celebrated together in front of their famed Yellow Wall, Carragher joked Boehly, who spent more than £300million in January, was already getting his chequebook out for those in yellow and black.
‘It’s interesting you say that I mean the whole squad’s there,’ Carragher said, when asked about the power of players being roared on by fans on the Yellow Wall.
‘It’s just come through on social media, Todd Boehly’s put in a bid for the whole squad of Dortmund!’ Carragher joked in the CBS Studio, causing laughter from fellow pundits Micah Richards and Thierry Henry.
Borussia Dortmund striker Karim Adeyemi was the difference against Chelsea on Wednesday
Jamie Carragher (right) joked Todd Boehly (left) will now bid for Dortmund’s entire team
Boehly has been eager to splash the cash since he became co-controlling owner, taking the reins from Roman Abramovich.
In January alone he eclipsed the £100million deal Man City made for Jack Grealish in order to get Enzo Fernandez out of Benfica.
The Blues also picked up David Datro Fofana (Molde), Benoit Badiashile (Monaco) Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama), Joao Felix – on loan from Atletico Madrid – Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven) and Malo Gusto (Lyon).
In total Boehly has shelled out around £600million in a bid to transform Chelsea.
Once Carragher had stopped joking around he was able to pinpoint some of the specific issues that are hurting Chelsea, who find themselves 1-0 down in the tie after Adeyemi’s strike just after the hour.
‘When you actually think of the money Chelsea have spent, not just in [January], in the August window as well, and to think you’re playing a full season without a recognised, top-quality centre forward, it’s just baffling,’ Carragher added.
‘You think, “It’s £600m being spent and you don’t have someone at the top end of the pitch who can score a goal”. Chelsea’s massive problem this season has been scoring goals. I think they’ve scored just more than maybe one goal a game in the Premier League, and that’s nowhere near enough for a club the size of Chelsea and also the revenue that’s been spent on that team, that’s a massive problem.’
Chelsea had 21 shots in Dortmund but only eight on target and the Blues will be seriously wondering how they lost.
Dortmund’s Adeyemi showed Chelsea’s forwards how it’s done with a brilliant finish
Graham Potter’s Chelsea side have scored just four goals in nine matches so far in 2023
Felix, in particular, spurned two gilt-edged chances to score.
The Blues have scored just four goals in nine games in 2023, and BT Sport’s Owen Hargreaves echoed similar thoughts to Carragher, finding it amazing that Chelsea didn’t invest in an out-and-out striker despite all the money have spent.
He said: ‘Considering they (Chelsea) spent £600m and they don’t have a centre-forward is just crazy and that game summed it up. They need someone who can put the ball into the back of the net.’