Boehly orders Potter to play 4-4-3 against Southampton

A little unconventional but he can afford any fines...


Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants Graham Potter to adopt a ‘4-4-3’ formation for their game with Southampton on Saturday. 

The American billionaire has decided to take a more hands on approach with first team affairs as Potter’s struggles in the dugout continue. 

With only two wins from his last 14 games as Chelsea boss, the 47-year-old is overseeing the worst spell in the club’s 18-year history. 

And with predecessor Thomas Tuchel reportedly losing his job for refusing to implement Boehly’s favoured 4-4-3 system, the former Brighton manager is willing to give it a shot against the Saints.

‘I’ve bought into Todd’s vision for this club’, Potter told Paddy Power News.

‘At first I was a little sceptical of some of his ideas but all it took was one look at my P45 to convince me’. 

Discussing Boehly’s revolutionary 4-4-3 formation, Potter said:

‘Sure, fielding an extra player is a little unconventional but he can afford any fines, so f**k it’.

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‘Just because we spent £600m on new players and have 12 men outfield, some people will put us down as favourites to beat Southampton but we’ll not be taking anything for granted’.

When asked what other aspects of Boehly’s philosophy he admired, the former Swansea boss revealed:

‘He wants to rename the club ‘London Cowboys’. I’m sure the fans will love it’. 

Despite Potter’s struggles in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, Boehly remains convinced he picked the right man. 

‘Graham shares our vision of a 38-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading a 4-4-3’.

‘He needs time and we’re probably another 20 or 30 signings away from challenging for the top four’.

‘We’ll just have to wait and see who Arsenal make bids for and hijack those deals’.

On the future, Boehly remarked:

‘Graham has all the tools at his disposal to be a success here, including our world-famous youth academy, which has produced players like Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Frank Lampard and Pele’.



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