What Chelsea may have looked like with Boehly ‘slapstick’ formation and Ronaldo

During an early recruitment meeting, Todd Boehly reportedly expressed two visions he wanted to see at Chelsea – Cristiano Ronaldo and an unprecedented, 4-4-3 formation.

Unfortunately, Thomas Tuchel and association football rules put an end to both of those wild dreams. Various reports understand Boehly’s relationship with Tuchel began to break down when the recently sacked Chelsea boss turned up his nose at the opportunity to sign the Manchester United forward.

Ronaldo appeared to be heading out of Old Trafford and Boehly would have been at the front of the queue to receive him, had the former Paris Saint-Germain manager been more open to the ex-Real Madrid ace donning Chelsea blue. Daily Star sport considers an alternate universe with Ronaldo leading the Blues’ frontline and eleven outfield players behind him.

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Chelsea’s recent transfer outlay suggests Boehly is somewhat of a revolutionary. His first transfer window at the helm of Stamford Bridge saw the west Londoners spend a record £272million on several new faces. Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Denis Zakaria, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the marquee arrivals, while Chelsea also completed the signings of Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slonina, and Cesare Casadei.

Such a transfer outlay suggested the beckoning of a brand new squad that would propel Chelsea back into the top. But a shopping list with Ronaldo at the very top was not the only factor of Boehly’s cunning plan.

Reports from The Athletic understand the American also pitched a 4-4-3 formation to Tuchel and his staff. This, of course, would have been a very spectacular deployment of Chelsea’s new resources. The overhaul of Tuchel’s tried and tested back three formation would have posed many question marks.

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Edouard Mendy would have surely kept his place between the sticks, while Reece James and Marc Cucurella would have flanked a back line featuring a new partnership of Fofana and Koulibaly. Tuchel would have been able to keep his two man defensive midfield pivot of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.

Christian Pulisic would hug the right touchline while Ben Chilwell would combine with £62m man Cucurella on the left hand side. Then low and behold, a razor sharp frontline of Mason Mount, Sterling, and Ronaldo.

It certainly would have been bold and somewhat revolutionary. It is a team showing very little weakness and a terrifying amount of firepower. Unfortunately, this dream will have to remain just that, as football teams are still only allowed 11 players to be on the pitch at once.

A sophisticated lobbying campaign to relevant football chiefs of the world would be required if Boehly’s 4-4-3 dream is to be recognised. If that does not work, then one of the Blues’ smaller players would need to be smuggled into the first eleven without any of the fourth officials, the referees, VAR, or the opposing team spotting the extra man.

Perhaps, Pulisic could disguise himself as a ball boy, before slowly removing his tracksuit and bib, before integrating himself into the pitch. All eyes would, of course, be on Ronaldo, and his impact at the club.

New Chelsea boss Graham Potter may have to think of a sneaky way to smuggle an extra Blues’ attacker or midfielder onto the pitch. If he does, then all manner of success could descend upon Chelsea.

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