Todd Boehly to make rare public appearance next to Behdad Eghbali at Chelsea final

Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali at Stamford Bridge last season
Chelsea co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali will be at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final - Getty Images/Clive Rose

Todd Boehly will fly into London to make what has become an increasingly rare public appearance next to co-owner Behdad Eghbali at Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Co-owner Boehly has been only an occasional visitor to Chelsea games this season and was last spotted at the home victory over Fulham last month during the promotion of the film Argylle, which he was involved in.

Boehly was not at the semi-final second-leg victory over Middlesbrough that clinched Chelsea’s place in the final and has not been seen alongside Eghbali, who was not spotted at the Fulham game, for some time.

It has been noted that Boehly and Eghbali have generally stuck to their own private boxes when they have visited Stamford Bridge at the same time.

While Eghbali has been more visible at games this season, Boehly attended Chelsea’s annual Christmas lunch, along with chief executive Chris Jurasek, without his co-owner.

But the pair will be present together at Wembley, where they hope Chelsea can clinch the first trophy of their ownership, and sources close to the club and both men have consistently denied any talk of a cooling in their relationship.

Boehly is chairman of Chelsea, but has stepped back slightly this season after an extremely hands-on start to his co-ownership. Eghbali has been a far more visible presence of the ownership over the past year or so and has remained heavily involved in the football operations.

Other than securing their first trophy since the change of ownership, a victory against Liverpool in Sunday’s final would clinch qualification to next season’s Europa Conference League. It would also end Chelsea’s Wembley curse, which has seen them lose on their past six visits to the national stadium, including the Community Shield.

A first trophy would take some of the pressure off Boehly and Eghbali, who have received criticism for their hiring and firing of managers, and their huge transfer spend that has topped £1 billion. Head coach Mauricio Pochettino is the fourth man to manage Chelsea under the pair.

Former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich missed Chelsea’s past seven visits to Wembley, including the last time they lifted a domestic trophy, the FA Cup in 2018, after his visa was not renewed.

Abramovich was eventually forced to sell Chelsea to Boehly and Eghbali after the Russian was sanctioned by the UK government and restrictions were placed on the club.