Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich talks to assistant Gianfranco Zola about club matters more than him because Zola speaks better English.
Abramovich’s commitment to the club has been questioned recently after his failure to attend a game at Stamford Bridge this season and halting the club’s plans for a new stadium.
Club accounts revealed last week that Abramovich had given up his director’s box at Stamford Bridge. Abramovich has spent at least £1million on corporate hospitality boxes every year since 2011, but didn’t renew his purchases for the start of the 2018-19 season.
Sarri insists Abramovich is still very much involved with the club.
“He (Abramovich) has some problems now, but he is involved with the club, with the team,” Sarri said.
“How much contact do I have with him? (He speaks to) Zola more than me because Zola speaks English better than me, of course.
“He is the owner, and so he is able to influence the technical staff, the club, the players, everything I think.
“Also in Naples (where Sarri was coach of Napoli), the president Aurelio (De Laurentiis) wasn’t in the training ground every day.
“He was in the training ground once a month, no more. So it’s really very similar.”
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck also assured Chelsea fans last week that Abramovich is still totally committed to the club.
“Everything he’s doing reaffirms his commitment to Chelsea,” Buck said.
“We hear from him several times a day and he’s talking to us about players, commercial activities and our good causes.
“So I would say he’s committed to Chelsea.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists that Chelsea don’t need to win all their remaining games to make top four.
Asked if Chelsea must win all their remaining matches to make the top four, Sarri said: “No, because I think the last part of the season will be very difficult for every team. We only have to fight and think about our matches. We have to fight until the last minute of the last match, but without looking at the other results.
“We go on the pitch with the same target, at home and away, to win. We have to play very difficult matches, especially away in the last part of the season, but we only have to do our best and play to win. Then we will see.”