What we hear about the week Abramovich announced he was selling Chelsea – The Athletic


It was a week Chelsea fans will never forget – the week Roman Abramovich announced his intention to sell.

Against the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Abramovich is looking to leave Chelsea after nearly two decades of investments, trophies and plenty of drama.

The news has deeply shaken the club.

Dominic Fifield, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey and our team of writers have spent the week talking to people behind the scenes at the club trying to tell you what the mood is and what’s going on.

Here’s what we hear…

It should not be forgotten that owner Roman Abramovich’s first statement regarding Chelsea’s future came the day before the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

The Chelsea players had already traveled to the team hotel near Wembley, where the match was taking place, when the club announced on its website that the owner was trying to hand over control to six directors.

Everything had seemed normal on the training ground earlier in the day. Left-back Ben Chilwell was doing individual training work as he recovers from a cruciate ligament injury, while technical and performance adviser Petr Cech watched the Under-18s beat Aston Villa 3-1.

The news surprised everyone, but the mood among the players was calm after a short team meeting held after dinner. It helped that there was a major final to focus on and, at this point, it looked like not much was going to change. After all, Abramovich had rarely been seen for three years, and manager Marina Granovskaia and chairman Bruce Buck ran the club on a day-to-day basis.


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