Chelsea chief makes strange admission about Roman Abramovich

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Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over the Blues with a £140 million bid back in 2003 and has helped kick off a period of success for the club ever since, with the Blues winning 16 major trophies in 17 years.

Chelsea board member Eugene Tenenbaum has explained why Abramovich bought the club in 2003, saying that the businessman loves challenges.

“He is an entrepreneur. He likes challenges. Once he gets focused, it’s not luck,” Tenenbaum told Forbes.

“He likes to understand what a project is about and involve himself for the long term. He likes a drive for results. He likes to win and he wants to help out.

“In football, the exciting thing is that you set the plan, you execute the plan, and then every week you have a validation or not of whether your plan is correct.”

At the time Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea, many believed that he’d get bored in no time and that Chelsea was just a fun thing for the mogul.

However, Tenenbaum went further to explain that the intricacies of football compelled Roman Abramovich to further fall in love with Chelsea.

“He likes to figure things out. I think the reason why he loves football after all of these years is that it’s not a formula. It’s not an algorithm. I think that is why people love it and why it is the number one sport in the world,” Tenenbaum added.

“In a business environment, you have sales figures, you have results. But in this situation, every week you have a validation or not of what your strategy is and I think that’s the exciting part.”

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