Chelsea had a pre-season tour in the US. The Blues played three matches during three weeks stay in the United States.
The Blues had mixed results during their pre-season-friendly matches. Chelsea won only one of their pre-season friendlies and lost the remaining two games.
Thomas Tuchel‘s side won 2-1 against Club America. They were beaten in a penalty shootout by Charlotte Fc and were thrashed 4-0 by Premier League side Arsenal in the Florida cup finals.
The Germain tactician was not happy with his side’s performance in their loss to Arsenal and Charlotte Fc, especially his offensive players.
Reece James insisted the Chelsea players feel stable and are ready to challenge for trophies next season.
What did Reece James about the players’ meeting with Todd Boehly?
The England international revealed via Chelsea’s official website, saying: “He [Todd Boehly] has spoken to everyone individually. The camp feels stable, and everyone is looking forward to next season under the new ownership.
“He said that not much is changing. He’s here to win trophies and nothing changes from the club’s perspective.”
Meanwhile, Andy Townsend has urged Chelsea to change their transfer policy.
The former Chelsea players said via talkSports, saying: “I think now, under the new owners, it’s time for a change – a change of policy and the thought process that goes on around the club, the hoarding of players, which they’ve done over the years.
“When I read Thomas Tuchel’s quotes, ‘We have a lot of players who are thinking about leaving, I’m hearing about Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley playing – this idea that these guys are going to kick in and come good? It’s fantasy.
“There is no chance they will take Chelsea back above Liverpool and Manchester City.
“They need to start adopting a different approach. Of course, you need a squad, but they need to be younger and more dynamic like Barkley and Batshuayi.
“The club has an opportunity to rethink having so many kids out on loan, I appreciate that it makes them money, but when you’ve been at the very top, they need better players to get back there.
“You need guys who are gasping to get hold of a shirt and play. Chelsea doesn’t have that. They have too many sitting around.”
Andy Townsend continued: “You can see that when Conor Gallagher puts the shirt on he’s going to give his all. Chelsea needs more of that. They’ve got tons of players here, there, and everywhere.
“What Mikel Arteta has done, along with Edu, is got rid of the culture [at Arsenal] where Ozil and Aubameyang get big deals and switch off.
“That is not the culture you want to show young players like Smith Rowe, Saka, and Nketiah.
“At Chelsea, this money-making machine they’ve had is backfiring.
“It’s creating a culture that you can get crazy money and do very little.
“Azpilicueta is a brilliant committed professional. He gives his heart and soul. Now he wants to go back to Barcelona at this stage of his career.
“They’re not letting him go. He’ll be looking around at others thinking, ‘How are they still here picking up money and they won’t let me go after what I’ve given this club?’
“To stimulate those young players, you can’t have players sitting about doing nothing.”