Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has made an audacious prediction for the Blues’ upcoming UEFA Champions League quarterfinal clash against defending champions Real Madrid, forecasting a 3-0 victory for his team. With Chelsea’s domestic campaign faltering, the Champions League remains the only realistic chance for the club to secure a spot in the prestigious tournament next season.
Despite currently suffering a four-game winless streak, including a recent 1-0 defeat to Wolves under the guidance of caretaker manager Frank Lampard, Boehly remains optimistic. In an interview with El Chiringuito, he confidently declared, “Chelsea’s going to win. Three-nil.”
The London club has experienced a turbulent 2022/23 season, marked by substantial spending on new players and the dismissal of managers Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter. Chelsea now finds itself in 11th place in the Premier League after 30 games, accumulating just 39 points. This difficult situation has led to the appointment of club legend Frank Lampard as interim manager until the end of the season.
Lampard, whose second stint at the helm began with the loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, acknowledges the challenges ahead but remains committed to guiding Chelsea towards success. He is also cautious about drawing parallels with the 2012 season when the Blues, led by then-interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, won the Champions League to secure their spot in the competition the following year.
The former Chelsea midfielder recognizes the need for a disciplined performance against Real Madrid, emphasizing the importance of focusing on both defensive and offensive aspects of the game. Lampard is keen to leverage the team’s strengths and maintain a strong mentality throughout the high-pressure encounter.
Real Madrid is considered a strong favorite to win the Champions League, given their impressive track record in the knockout stages. Chelsea’s faithful, however, will hope that Lampard’s return can provide the necessary boost to help the team claim their third title in the competition.
In a conversation with Sky Sports, Boehly reiterated his bold score prediction, stating, “Chelsea is going to win 3-0.” He also sent a clear message to fans, urging them to “have a lot of faith” in the team’s ability to secure a victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.