TOM RICKETTS has stepped up his Chelsea takeover bid, despite protests from a section of Blues supporters over previous Islamophobic comments.
American Billionaire Ken Griffin, Ricketts’ partner in the pursuit of the Blues, is reported to be flying to London to personally negotiate the deal.
Meanwhile Roman Abramovich is going cap in hand to celebrity pals for money after being sanctioned by the UK government, The Sun can reveal.
Rush Hour director Gerald Ratner is believed to be among the people the Chelsea owner has asked for a £1m loan.
Blue is the holler
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says the Blues’ fans need to raise their game as much as his players if they are going to see off Real Madrid tonight.
Tuchel admitted: “We need to be better on the pitch than we were on Saturday but we absolutely also need the crowd to be better.
Everyone has to be on the front foot for such a big occasion against opponents like Real Madrid because that will be crucial in this game.
“It’s much harder to play against the spectators as well. We felt it against Juventus and in Malmo and we will face it again in Madrid next week.
“In the Champions League the crowd gives us a huge push in terms of energy and support and we need everyone to arrive at the ground to get behind us”
More from Hoddle
Chelsea would be challenging for the top two if they hadn’t been hit by COVID-19, claims Glenn Hoddle.
Hoddle added: “Tuchel would have been challenging the top two had they not been hit big-time by Covid, first in the backline and then in midfield.
“If the jigsaw parts aren’t there, you can’t challenge. But they are good enough”
Thomas’ magic Tuch
Glenn Hoddle claims Chelsea would be mad to get rid of manager Thomas Tuchel if he ends this season without adding to his trophy haul.
Hoddle said: “Chelsea have one of the best managers in Europe. Why would you even contemplate letting him go?
They are third right now and will be in the Champions League next season.
“And if they don’t win a trophy they still have the right jockey on the horse.
“It doesn’t always mean the horse will win but on and off the pitch he has been excellent — and he will continue to do that.
The problem is sometimes as a manager is you have to watch out when you set a standard.
“Once you do what he did, winning the Champions League inside his first six months in the job, you have to live by that every time.
“It also gives him a bit of leeway and certainly there is no reason why he can’t go and win that again, as well as the FA Cup.
“They have all their players firing now and all fit. They are still a very good side, and they should be favourites to beat Madrid”