Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has heaped praise on Liverpool for their business and footballing model as he targets success at Stamford Bridge.
The Reds have seen their model rewarded in recent years, lifting the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup under Jurgen Klopp.
Boehly will no doubt be looking to have the same return under Thomas Tuchel, who has already lifted the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup before the Boehly-Clearlake Capital takeover of Chelsea.
The new owners are set to make ‘bold signings’ this summer, with Boehly hoping that his side can compete with Manchester City and Liverpool from the beginning of the ownership’s tenure at Stamford Bridge.
The owners are believed to be ready to hand the German head coach £200 million as they look to implement their structure at the club.
Boehly favours a data-driven approach to football, focusing heavily on numbers when looking at transfers.
It remains to be seen as to whether this approach will be implemented immediately or will take a few years, with Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck remaining from the Roman Abramovich era, at least for the short-term.
Liverpool had success under sporting director Michael Edwards, with Boehly potentially looking to implement a similar role at Stamford Bridge as AS Monaco’s Paul Mitchell has been linked.
When asked about what makes a successful model in football, Boehly name dropped Liverpool’s approach.
As quoted by Bloomberg, he said: “If you look at the models that are very successful, Liverpool is a great model. Liverpool generates a couple of hundred million more revenue than Chelsea and they generate earnings, so I think there is an opportunity to compete.”
The co-owner then continued to discuss the implications of Financial Fair Play on the ability to splash the cash in London.
“Financial fair play is starting to get some teeth and that will limit ability to acquire players at any price. UEFA takes it seriously and will continue to take it seriously,” he continued.
“(More teeth) means financial penalties and disqualification from sporting competitions.”
Boehly’s data-driven approach led to success in the MLB with the LA Dodgers and it looks like he will look to implement a similar model at Chelsea, viewing Liverpool and the FSG as a model to follow.
The Blues are yet to make their first signing under the Boehly-Clearlake ownership but this is not thought to be far away as Tuchel eyes a rebuild of his squad this summer.
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