Chelsea owner Abramovich rewarded with Champions League title

A ruthless transfer by the Russian to sack icon Frank Lampard mid-season with Thomas Tuchel paid off handsomely

REUTERS May 30, 2021


A ruthless transfer by Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich to interchange membership icon Frank Lampard mid-season with Thomas Tuchel paid off handsomely on Saturday when the membership beat Manchester City 1-0 to assert their second Champions League title.

The 54-year-old Abramovich, who took over Chelsea in 2003 and has since gained 5 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, has overseen 15 completely different managers within the intervening 18 years and isn’t recognized for his persistence.

When Lampard was not delivering as supervisor earlier within the season, he was shortly proven the door.

The former midfielder had began the season effectively with Chelsea topping each the Premier League and their Champions League group, however a run of two wins in eight video games noticed him dismissed in January, accompanied by a uncommon public assertion from Abramovich.

“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” Abramovich stated.

“He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.”

With that Chelsea’s all-time high scorer was gone, with Tuchel, who coached the Paris St Germain workforce that lost final year’s remaining to Bayern Munich, swiftly introduced in to interchange him.

Abramovich, a notoriously non-public particular person, later defined the choice in a uncommon interview with Forbes.

“I think we are pragmatic in our choices, and we are comfortable making the right changes at the right time to ensure we can achieve our long-term ambitions,” he stated.

“I hope it also says something about the clarity of the long-term ambition of the club. Those who join understand the objectives both on the pitch, as well as the wider positive role the club plays in the community.”

As effectively as pumping a whole bunch of tens of millions of euros into the lads’s workforce, Abramovich has invested closely within the membership’s girls’s workforce, who gained the Women’s Super League this season and lost their Champions League remaining 4-0 to Barcelona two weeks in the past.


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