The 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund by Chelsea may have a significant impact on Graham Potter’s career and Todd Boehly’s reputation as owner.
Following a 1-0 first-leg loss at Signal Iduna Park three weeks prior, Chelsea scored goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz to go to the quarterfinals.
The victory relieves Potter of additional strain after the 47-year-old was subjected to intense questioning over his future following his team’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham two weeks ago. Also, it is the first time since October that the North Londoners have won two straight games.
When Danny Makkelie blew the final horn, the Chelsea players, staff, and fans’ reactions encapsulated just what the outcome meant to the team. After the match, footage from inside the tunnel was available to show Bohely’s response.
Before shaking hands and giving the Chelsea manager a hug, the co-owner was seen waiting in the Stamford Bridge tunnel for Potter to return from his media duties. The US billionaire, who has stood by Potter in the face of external pressure to sever connections with the Brit, beams from ear to ear.
the press hub is aware that throughout the trying time, Potter has maintained the backing of the club ownership. Boehly earlier stated that he wanted to develop a project near Stamford Bridge and avoid abandoning the ship anytime the tide changed.
Chelsea’s 2022–23 season is still alive if they advance to the quarterfinals, but they have minimal chance of making the top four in the Premier League. At the draw on Friday (11 am GMT/6 am EST), they will find out their opponents for the following round and semifinal, with hopes of following Thomas Tuchel’s example continuing over the ensuing weeks.