Roman Abramovich: Chelsea was here before me, and will be here after me

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Roman Abramovich took over ownership of Chelsea in 2003, and the Russian billionaire has been proud of the journey so far.

In an interview with Forbes, Abramovich reiterated his commitment to the Chelsea cause and is pleased with the amount of success the club has had over the years.

Abramovich said: “There was so much emotion, so much excitement. I remember thinking, I want to be a part of this.

“The fact that there is no set formula for winning football matches. A coach and his or her squad have to consider many factors when approaching each match. It’s like every few days is a new exam and the work you have put in gets evaluated. I enjoyed, and still enjoy, the unpredictability and seeing how each game plays out.’

“In hindsight, especially with the public profile it would bring me, maybe I would have thought differently about owning a club. But, at the time, I just saw this incredible game and that I wanted to be a part of that in one way or another.

“I think the trophies speak for themselves and show what we as a club have been able to achieve over these years, and it’s my goal for us to keep winning trophies going forward and build for the future.

“Chelsea has a very rich history, and I feel extremely fortunate to a play a part in that. The club was here before me, and will be here after me, but my job is to ensure we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future. That’s why the success of our Academy at Cobham is so important to me.”

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