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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was in the stands for Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win at Krasnodar on Wednesday night.
The Russian billionaire has not watched Chelsea play since 2019 Europa League final victory over Arsenal, and used this opportunity to watch his team first hand as they dealt a 4-0 defeat on Krasnodar, in his native, Russia.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was asked if he had the chance to chat with Abramovich, but he said after the game: “I was aware that he was at the game which always makes us happy. I always feel the support of the owner whether he is here at games or not.
“To have him here is a nice bonus for myself and the squad, we are very respectful of him, of course.
“I didn’t manage to see him because before the game I was in the dressing room and a few of my staff members came to talk to him and by the time I was at the warm up, he wasn’t around.
“I am very pleased we put on what I thought was a good performance with four goals and a clean sheet in his home country. So I hope it made him happy.”
It’s been more than two years Abramovich was seen at Stamford Bridge. The Russian billionaire withdrew his application for a new visa in the UK in 2018 amid a Government crackdown on wealthy overseas investors, and has stayed away from Britain ever since.