Chelsea signed Wesley Fofana Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slonina, Denis Zakaria and Cesare Casadei this past summer.
All of those signings meant that Chelsea spent the most money of any club in Premier League history during the 2022 summer transfer window, with a total spend of £278.4m.
On top of that, Chelsea reached two domestic cup finals last season and the campaign before that, they won the Champions League.
Despite this, Graham Potter has now stated that Chelsea are not ready to compete for a major trophy:
“One of the reasons to come here, one of many, was that it’s a fantastic football club, potentially one of the best in the world, and that can compete for any major trophy,’’ Potter told a press conference.
‘’But I think we all know that we’re not at that point now, and we haven’t been for two or three or four years. That is the reality when you look at the league table and the points difference between the top two and Chelsea.
“So okay, how do you get there? That’s hard work, and that’s pain, and that’s suffering, and that is moving forward, and that’s learning, and that’s developing, and that’s just driving it forward - And that’s absolutely why we’re here.’’
Under a previous owner, Potter’s comments would probably not have gone down well at all.
But even under Todd Boehly, it is hard to see those comments being received well.
Potter arguably has a better squad than the one Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League with and reached two cup finals, yet he is claiming that his side are not ready to compete.
Of course, this could simply be Tuchel’s way of taking some pressure off his players, but it was a strange comment to make nonetheless.