Signing, dismissal and success: How Roman Abramovich changed Chelsea | Football News – Times of India

London: Roman Abramovich Was in Abu Dhabi last month to see his beloved Chelsea lift club world cup For the first time, two decades in charge are celebrating more silverware during their trophy-laden time.
In the space of a few weeks, the Russian billionaire has been forced to put a London club up for sale and slapped with sanctions by the UK government, throwing the blues into turmoil.
speculation has been going on since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Whether the 55-year-old will be involved in targeted crackdowns against oligarchs considered close to the Kremlin remains to be seen.
Britain announced that Abramovich – described by the government as part of Russian President Vladimir PutinThe inner circle of – was approved, the day the European and World Club Champion celebrated his 117th birthday.
Chelsea can continue to play despite the ban on their boss but Abramovich’s plan to land the club has failed.
Chelsea would have to be given a new license by the government to pass into new ownership and none of the proceeds would go to Abramovich.
Chelsea of ​​2022 is a different beast from the under-achieving club that it bought for £140 million ($187 million) in 2003, when Manchester United and Arsenal ruled the roost in the Premier League.
The club was transformed from teetering on the brink of financial crisis to one of the world’s richest, thanks to deep pockets from the Russians who regularly controlled blockbuster transfers.
He has been rewarded with a staggering 19 major trophies in his 19-year reign – which has changed the face of English and European football.
The club said, “For the first time in our 117 years of existence, we can claim to be world champions and not only that, we are able to say that our men’s first team has won every major competition they entered. are capable of.” on its website before news of the restrictions came out on Thursday.
Abramovich’s arrival at Stamford Bridge also set a trend for a wave of foreign investment in the Premier League.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all US-owned, Manchester City have won five of the last 10 titles thanks to the backing of Abu Dhabi, while Newcastle are now controlled by the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund.
One of Abramovich’s early masterstrokes was to bring in Jose Mourinho as manager in 2004 to replace Claudio Ranieri.
The self-styled “Special One”, fresh from their Champions League success with Porto, won their first league championship since 1955 in their first season and repeated the feat in 2006.
The Portuguese departed in 2007 but despite frequent managerial changes, trophies kept flooding in as the Blues believed in the idea that consistency leads to success.
A total of 13 men have managed the club over the past 19 years, with Mourinho and Gus Hiddink doing so on two occasions.
The unhelpful Roberto Di Matteo succeeded where big-name managers Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti had failed in 2012 by winning the club’s first Champions League with an aging team.
Even then the Italian was sacked for three months the following season.
Mourinho’s two spells are half of Chelsea’s six league titles in their history, yet Abramovich twice decided to part ways with the Portuguese.
The club’s all-time top goalscorer Frank Lampard had the same fate last year, but Russia’s brutal attitude continued to reap the rewards.
Within four months of Lampard’s successor, Thomas Tuchel was celebrating the club’s second Champions League title on the field with Abramovich in Portugal.
Tuchel’s admission that the pair met for the first time underscores Abramovich’s hands-off approach to the day-to-day running of the club.
The owner’s close associate, director Marina Granovskia, took the lead in recruiting players and managers, but the Russian’s vast wealth underscored the nearly two decades of nearly unbroken success.
A 2-1 win against Palmeiras in Abu Dhabi last month completed Abramovich’s trophy collection.
“At least we closed this cycle for him and for his effort and his passion and commitment to the club,” Tuchel said. “So it was a good time on the matter.”
Chelsea’s success under Abramovich has made them one of the giants of European football, but they face a cloud of uncertainty.