One player was not happy with the “serious criticism” from the co-owner (Picture: Getty)

Todd Boehly reportedly named one of his underperforming Chelsea signings in an intense speech following Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Brighton.

The American stormed into the dressing room after the defeat – Chelsea’s third successive defeat under interim boss Frank Lampard – and was not seen until an hour later.

Along with co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Hasjorg Wyss, Boehly addressed the side after Lampard finished his post-match debriefing.

He described their current situation – stranded at number 11 in the Premier League – as “embarrassing”, although his speech was intended to lift players up and cheer them up before they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

But his scheme may have had the opposite effect, as The Guardian now reports that one player was “disillusioned” after being singled out and “strongly criticized” by Boehly during his speech.

The identity of the player in question has not been released, but it is an older player who was signed by the new owner for a hefty fee in the past 12 months.

Five regular signings last year were in the starting eleven against Brighton, although only one – Raheem Sterling – is over 22 and can be considered a senior member of the dressing room.

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Chelsea must come from a two-goal deficit against Real Madrid (Image: Getty)

While it’s not uncommon for owners to talk to players – in fact Kepa Arrizabalaga described it as “normal” during his pre-Real press conference, Boehly’s speech was described as “strange”.

The player he has chosen has “cut a disgruntled figure” in training since his departure, which is far from ideal as Chelsea must come back from a two-goal deficit against the Champions League holders.

Goalkeeper Kepa was asked about Boehly’s high-profile visit to the dressing room and declined to go into detail about what was said.

“Todd comes to the dressing room every game, so after several games he has had several conversations with us,” said the Spanish goalscorer when asked about the owner’s visit to the dressing room.

“I won’t say what he said, but it’s normal when he comes into the dressing room.”

Boehly was confronted during Brighton’s defeat by angry supporters who sat above the driver’s box and sent a volley of profanity towards Stamford Bridge.