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Chelsea Football Club seems to be regressing towards mid-table mediocrity

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It’s not known if Roman Abramovich had watched the very public dismantling of the Sarri-ball at the Etihad last Sunday. Chelsea’s absentee owner doesn’t turn up for his club’s matches these days. Rarely does he drop in at Cobham, Chelsea’s training base. Ever since the British government tightened up the investor visas following the Salisbury poisoning incident last year, Abramovich has chosen recluse, football-wise.

Gone are the days when managers received texts from the club owner after defeats. In Carlo Ancelotti’s case, as Sky Italy journalist Fabio Caressa revealed, it used to be a simple question mark. Ancelotti managed Chelsea for two seasons, from 2009 to 2011, and won a Premier League title and an FA Cup. He did a double, in fact, in his first season at the Bridge. A year later, the Italian was gone, with his team still second in the league table. But Chelsea had lost the title race to Manchester United and that was enough for Abramovich to wield the axe.

Abramovich has never befriended patience. Then again, his hire-and-fire policy has worked wonders. Chelsea have won five Premier League titles, a Champions League and nine other trophies since Abramovich took the club ownership in 2003 and changed the English game. The Russian oligarch was the reason why football in England went into a costly makeover. All said and done,........

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