- Chelsea's already calamitous season has been rocked by a series of incidents this week
- It has been a busy week for Chelsea on social media, which started with unfounded rumours about Thomas Tuchel
- Mykhailo Mudryk then got himself in trouble for sharing an inappropriate video of an exposed man in the gym
This season, everything that could have gone wrong for Chelsea, went wrong. The Blues are set for their worst-ever finish since the 1992/1993 season.
Given that the Todd Boehly-led Clearlake consortium took over from Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich with a lot of promise, one really can't pinpoint where it all fell apart for Chelsea.
With more than 600 million euros spent in two transfer windows, Chelsea have nothing to show for it, and they won't be competing in Europe next year.
Their position in the bottom half of the table is already guaranteed, rendering their last two games against Manchester United and Newcastle United a common courtesy.
Frank Lampard would like to finish off on a high, but that took a hit as the club suffered from a wave of divisive news this week. Sports Brief takes a look at the incidents.
1. President of business to depart
More upheaval is set to rock the club, with Boehly still grappling with how to run a top-flight English club. In his time, high-profile names, most notably Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech, have exited the club.
Tom Glick was appointed as the president of the commercial aspect of the club, but he is also set to depart after just ten months in charge, as reported by the Times. The intricacies behind his departure haven't been disclosed, but the report understands that Chris Jurasek has already been lined up as his replacement.
2. Benoit Badiashile's serious injury
Badiashile has been one of the positive stories from Chelsea's transfer spree. The young defender has looked calm and composed alongside veteran Thiago Silva in defence.
However, the incoming manager will have to do without the French centre-back, as he picked up a knee injury that will rule him out of pre-season.
3. More rumours on Tuchel's exit
Many fans still think that Tuchel's dismissal in early September last year was Boehly's greatest mistake. A lot of rumours were fronted about why the German left, but Boehly confirmed that it wasn't entirely on-pitch issues- the club wanted to move in a different direction.
A Chelsea pitch owner, @onlyholes_poles, came up with a crazy theory that the Champions League-winning manager allegedly slept with Timo Werner's girlfriend. He later deleted that tweet, but the story had already gained traction on social media.
Sports Brief couldn't verify these claims. What is indisputable though, is that Werner blames Tuchel for his Chelsea career ending prematurely.
"The biggest problem was Tuchel put a striker like Lukaku in front of me in the second season after I won the Champions League by nearly playing every game making a lot of goals - then all this gets a little bit forgotten by the manager, it was not really fair," said Werner, as quoted by Evening Standard.
4. Guilty: Tiktoker stalks Chelsea stars
As Sports Brief reported, 21-year-old model, Orla Sloan, has pleaded guilty to stalking and sending messages to Mason Mount.
Sloan and Mount reportedly met at a house party organised by Ben Chilwell in November 2020, and dated briefly before 24-year-old Mount ended the relationship.
The TikToker did not relent after the breakup, and kept sending messages to Mount through Instagram and WhatsApp, using different mobile numbers to text the player continually.
Ben Chiwell and Billy Gilmour (now at Brighton) were also roped into the saga. The news comes at a time when Mount's future at Chelsea is in doubt.
5. Mudryk reproached for inappropriate video
And as if that wasn't enough, Sports Brief also reported that Mykhailo Mudryk found himself on the receiving end of wrath from fans after he posted a controversial video on social media.
The Chelsea winger took to his Instagram stories and uploaded a video of an old man who was working out in the gym.
The unidentified man in the video had his shorts slightly below his waist, exposing the line on his sitting apparatus. Mudryk accompanied the video with a question mark as the caption.
It is not clear if the Ukrainian took the video or if he only reshared a post he saw somewhere else. Nonetheless, his post has not gone down well with fans online, with Joey Swoll leading the onslaught of backlash.
Seemingly, nothing is going right for Chelsea. They need a reset and the end of the season couldn't come any quicker.