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Jamie Carragher uses American TV to brutally mock Todd Boehly for Chelsea spending after Dortmund loss

Jamie Carragher, Sky Sports pundit

Jamie Carragher may have landed himself in hot water after taking Todd Boehly to the cleaners for his Chelsea regime during a live broadcast on American TV.

The American took over the Chelsea reins from Roman Abramovich last summer following the Russian’s enforced sale. There were plenty who feared the end of Abramovich’s time in charge at Stamford Bridge would bring an end to their big-money spending. Instead, Boehly’s arrival has had the opposite effect.

Indeed, the American has blasted his way through over half a billion pounds of new players. And with 17 new players arriving through the welcome doors, the sheer volume of new players has simply made the Chelsea job harder than ever.

To that end, boss Graham Potter is struggling to find the winning formula in his side. And having won just twice in 10 games since the season resumed after the World Cup, the Blues are out of contention in three competitions already.

Currently 10th in the Premier League table, the Blues are 10 points adrift of the top four. As such, the Champions League remains their only realistic chance of both winning a trophy and qualifying for the competition again next season.

But their first match in the knockout rounds saw the Blues slip to a 1-0 defeat at Dortmund. After the match, Potter saw many more positives than negatives.

And while they can still reach the quarter-finals with a positive result in the second leg, Carragher could not resist the chance to mock them.

Gary Neville has previously hit out at Chelsea’s spending on two major signings in particular.

However, Carragher, took the digs to another level while appearing on CBS Sports.

Carragher mocks Todd Boehly

Watching the Dortmund players celebrate in front of their famous Yellow Wall, Carragher mocked Boehly by claiming he’s now considering a bid to buy the entire Dortmund side after their win.

Asked by presenter Kate Abdo about every BVB player joining in the celebration, Carragher could not resist a dig.

“It’s interesting you say that I mean the whole squad’s there. It’s just come through on social media, Todd Boehly’s put in a bid for the whole squad of Dortmund!” Carragher joked.

Chelsea only have themselves to blame for the loss. They had a huge 21 shots on goal, with seven on them on target. And while Joao Felix missed two huge chances, they could not find a way past Gregor Kobel.

Rio Ferdinand, though, did see the positives in their performance. However, he claims the failure to sign a top-quality No 9 could come back to haunt them.

“I think he’ll [Potter] find some positives in there. He’ll be saying, ‘Slowly but surely we’ll get it right’,” Ferdinand said.

“They haven’t got a No 9 in this team. They spent all that money in the last two transfer windows and didn’t get an out-and-out No 9. That’s the problem.

“Long term, I think he’ll go and get that. They’re doing everything up to that point really, really well. The way the team’s been able to pass the ball through the lines and get into those really good areas.

“But again, they got undone by a clinical bit of finishing which they didn’t have in their own team.”

Potter sees Chelsea positives

That opinion was echoed by Potter, who believes a repeat performance can see his side progress to the last eight.

“It was a very strong performance, especially the second half,” he said. “We created a lot of chances and efforts on goal but we just have to score.

“I thought we had good attacking movements, clarity in terms of how we wanted to attack and got into right areas. The attitude was really positive as well.

“You can see the supporters’ reaction, they were really positive, they can see the performance of the team, they gave us a fantastic reception. We are a team in progress, we know there are a lot of positive things there.”

The return leg is at Stamford Bridge on March 7. The Blues face Southampton, Tottenham and Leeds in the Premier League before then.

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