Chelsea’s match towards Fulham might need been billed as a west London derby, however the first half was largely dominated by a scarcity of high quality on the pitch and a weird efficiency from the sidelines.
Mauricio Pochettino had already talked about the movie Argylle, which is being produced by one in all Blues proprietor Todd Boehly’s corporations, in his pre-match press convention however few may have predicted what would happen behind the Chelsea supervisor on the touchline.
Argylle is because of be launched in February 2024 and has Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa amongst a powerful forged checklist for the spy thriller.
At seemingly random intervals, a gaggle of males in darkish inexperienced velvet jackets stood up and on one event held up books, at one other gave the impression to be brushing their enamel, and at an extra time had been pointing at imaginary wristwatches.
Each motion befell for as much as round 30 seconds however didn’t appear to have any bearing on what was taking place on the pitch. Those sitting behind the lads in inexperienced had been handled to an more and more annoyed Pochettino whereas the lads in inexperienced jackets carried on.
Anyone sitting immediately behind these participating would have had their match view severely impeded, and there was a toddler one row again who possible would have been unable to see something.
Even for Boehly who has been recognized to shake issues up within the Premier League along with his signings, it was the form of spectacle not typically seen at a soccer match.
It was extra akin to the commercialisation of different sports activities, together with these just like the NFL, the place timeouts and different stoppages are sometimes sponsored.