Chelsea owners spotted before Bournemouth game ahead of Mauricio Pochettino crunch meeting

Behdad Eghbali of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on December 16, 2023 in London, England.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino can still secure a good European finish for his Blues side when they face Bournemouth tomorrow afternoon but will need results to go his way in order to do so.

The Argentinian could lead the club to fifth-place in his debut season with them but will need a win as well as former side Tottenham to lose to Sheffield United in the process. It comes as rumours surrounding his future at the club have been non-stop over the past few weeks but Pochettino is adamant that he has the backing of those above him.

"Yes, yes, always it’s important to have the backing of the owners," he admitted earlier this week. "In the end they are the bosses. Of course, because it’s the best for the club. For the players and for the fans. Then we know very well that coaches always… we are judged on the results in a very short period. But yes, I think it’s important to feel the backing of the owners.

"[Summer plans] are talks we will do with the sporting directors and the owners will be involved, to see how we can. Football is a very dynamic sport and things can change. We are working for the summer and preseason and to prepare in the best way.

"Because of the circumstances [this season] was tougher than we thought. At the same time, you can’t manage the circumstances. Its’ not in your hands. But the way we’ve finished the season, I’m happy about that. It’s unlucky because you feel disappointed that, one or two months more, we could have finished closer to the competition. But this gives us the hope to start well and strongly next season, with the capacity from the beginning of the season, to have the possibility to fight for big things."

With Pochettino sounding more confident than ever that he will stay on as Blues boss, despite him acknowledging its not his decision, many will be looking towards the end-of-season-meeting between him, Todd Boehly and the other Chelsea board members to discuss the future.

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Now the Blues owners have been spotted ahead of tomorrow's vital clash with the Cherries, as they were seen at Old Trafford watching the club's Women's team win their fifth-straight Women's Super League title in style. The Blues came into the game level on points with Manchester City but knew that a matched result would win them the title on goal difference.


Co-owner Behdad Eghbali watched on as first-half goals from Maya Ramirez, Johanna Rytting-Kaneryd and Sjoeke Nusken meant Chelsea already had one hand on the trophy within the first 10 minutes of the match and went into the break full of confidence. Melanie Leupolz added a fifth a minute after halftime and Fran Kirby netted the Blues' sixth goal in her final game for the club to cap off an excellent season and to cement Emma Hayes' legacy in her final match as Chelsea manager.

Eghbali will no doubt be back in London for tomorrow's bout against Bournemouth, with the all-important meeting with Pochettino awaiting them both in the coming days.