Rewind back to two decades ago and you’ll be able to grasp every reason to celebrate the ‘demigod’ status of Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich. The struggles of being a debt-ridden club happy with being also-rans in the league standings and a sizeable mid table team often trying to punch above its weight against the then big boys are well-documented. But the presence of the Russian Oligarch has transformed Chelsea into an elite club which can boast now of being a major force both domestically and continentally. In 2013, Ex-Blues boss, Jose Mourinho summed up the Roman’s influence at Chelsea with these words:
“He has been good for Chelsea, good for English football, good for European football,” said Mourinho, who has been in charge for almost five of those 12 seasons.
“Chelsea after him became strong, a top club in the country and a top club in Europe. I think that’s very, very good. I think it’s important and I think it’s also important the message Mr Abramovich and this club are passing now…”
Quite frankly, the Russian cash flow which spurred Chelsea’s trophies winning streak was remarkable. It woke up the big boys that a new force had emerged. The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United had no choice than to either buckle up or be trumped in power tussle.
As Chelsea celebrate 15 sweet years of Abramovich’s influence, we should never forget that all we’ve achieved during this period might never have been possible without him. He transformed the club, and without a doubt we still need him in the present and the foreseeable future to still compete at the highest level both on and off field.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high.