Todd Boehly seemed to have had a mini argument with Chelsea faithfuls as the encounter got heated at a toxic Stamford Bridge.
The American was in the director’s box for the West London side’s 2-1 loss to Robert Der Zerbi’s Brighton and Hove Albion.
Chelsea went ahead in the game via a Connor Gallagher’s deflected strike but the Seagulls restored parity through a Danny Welbeck header in the first 45 minutes of the encounter.
Brighton and Hove Albion then got into the lead from a Julio Enciso’s rocket smashed into the back of Chelsea’s net following a pass from Solly March.
The new co-owner engaged in a discussion with the angry fans as they leaned over the barrier from the tier above and made their feelings known.
Boehly and the co-owner Behdad Eghbali then proceeded into Chelsea’s dressing room to discuss for an hour after the expiration of the game.
The Blues as a result of that loss at Stamford Bridge to Brighton have now gone six games without a win across all competitions.
Chelsea haven’t fared nicely since Todd Boehly purchased the club
Things have not been rosy for Todd Boehly since acquiring Chelsea from Roman Abramovic for £42.5billion in May 2022.
In spite of spending £600million on fresh players, the Blues have also made three managerial appointees this campaign.
They have also sunk to 11th on the Premier League table and are set to be dumped out of the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea lost 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash in spite of Boehly boldly predicting a 3-0 victory in favor of his West London team.
Saturday’s defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion meant Chelsea have lost 12 games in the Premier League this term and they have also lost all three matches since Frank Lampard was appointed as caretaker manager.
Frank Lampard lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in his first game following his return before losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League and Brighton and Hove Albion last Saturday.
Frank Lampard wasn’t in a good mood to suger coat the defeat
And the Chelsea legend was not in the mood to soften up their freshest defeat ahead of Tuesday’s important Champions League second leg meeting with Real Madrid.
Frank Lampard stated: “It wasn’t good enough. All the basic parts of football, to fight, to run, we were short on.
“I’m disappointed on every level. The better team won and they could have won by more. It’s a really good Brighton team so we must give them credit.
“But in the basics of football we were short, a yard short, a tackle short, a fighting duel moment short.
“When that’s not right you’re not going to win games. We have to address that very quickly, because that’s not a Chelsea performance.
“I didn’t like what I saw today. I’m not going to try to dress that up in any way. I don’t think the players would expect me to.
“There should be a feeling when you play for Chelsea of pride involved.”
Chelsea sit 11th in the English Premier League and they are now a staggering 34 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
And both Todd Boehly and Frank Lampard must be under no illusions about how massive a job the interim manager has in front of him.
Lampard stated: “It’s not for me to talk about where the lack of intensity and aggression is coming from. But it’s for me to try to get to the bottom of it quickly and change it.
“The things that are a must in a performance for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge against Brighton, who can play, are sprints, recovery runs, getting up to people and recovering.
“And then when you get the ball, to stick to ideas you want to stick to.
“We came away from that, the capacity wasn’t there. We certainly have work to do.”
Robert Der Zerbi’s Brighton and Hove Albion completed a remarkable double over Chelsea this campaign having firstly defeated the West London side in the first leg by 4-1.
They mocked Lampard as a “s*** Graham Potter” in a cheeky dig at his nightmarish start to his reign as manager of the club.
And they also chanted: “You’re getting sacked in the morning.”
The Brighton faithfuls were in peak form just like their heroes on the pitch, as they also burst into a funny chant terming Cody Gakpo “one of our own” after a mistake on the big screen.
As for the Blues, it was an abysmal day for them with only goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga leaving the encounter with any credit.
And the result could have been even worse as Brighton weren’t offered another penalty by a questionable VAR decision.
Referee Robert Jones and VAR official Chris Kavanagh failed to hand a penalty to the Seagulls in spite of Christian Pulisic handling the ball in the 18-yard-box.