Tu-Chelsea in January was Abrahamovic Masterstroke
By January, the ship of Chelsea was rudderless with the side losing focus. Then manager Frank Lampard said the team could not compete for trophies yet despite the almost 200m spend in the summer to bring in players.
Ironically, Kai Havertz, purchased for 80m from German side Bayer Laverkusen, was the hero last night as Chelsea defeated Manchester City- the third and most devastating- to win the UEFA Champions League.
Owner Roman Abrahamovic is known for his no-nonsense approach to success. He’s been ruthless with his coaches from Jose Mourinho to Roberto di Matteo that won him a most cherished UEFA Champions league in 2012.
In 2021, the Russian billionaire wielded the big stick not minding that Lampard was a club legend. In came in Thomas Tuchel, who also was sacked by PSG in December, apparently for failing to win the UEFA Champions League. It was a fitting irony that Chelsea defeated City that eliminated PSG in the semi-final.
Tuchel’s reign at Chelsea rejuvenated his side. “Dead” players like Antonio Rudiger, Ngolo Kante, Timo Werner and even Havertz came back to life. And the result? Won the UEFA Champions League by taking some important scalps along the way. They included Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and Real Madrid.
The self-belief that Tuchel has instilled on the players are self-evident with their performances since he took over. Forget about the minor blip of losing to Leicester in the FA Cup final and to ARsenal in the EPL. And I think Chelsea fans would take UEFA Champions League trophy than an FA Cup.
That should be a lesson to Arsenal owner Stanley Kroenke that is the unambitious opposite of Abrahamovic. Chelsea qualified for the UEFA Champions League on the last day of the EPL courtesy Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-2 win over Liecester City while Arseanl dropped out of EUROPE for the fist time in 25 years. Kroenke Out?
Welcome Brentford to EPL
While we await the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, Brentford finally made it to the EPL after four consecutive play off. It was a study in consistency and resilience. On Saturday, they were clinical in the first half racing to a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes against Welsh side Swansea and retained that score to win the playoff. It was unlike last year that they narrowly missed in their loss to Fulham.
Welcome another London club to the EPL!