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According to Arsene Wenger, the new owners of Chelsea can not expect to get as much freedom as Roman Abramovich had to get the club from the start.
The Blues face a crucial new chapter in their history following their Russian owner’s decision to sell up. Abramovich transformed Chelsea’s fortunes when he bought the club in 2003.
In fact, no English club has won more major trophies than Chelsea during the oligarch’s investment.
However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine put pressure on Abramovich to get rid of the Stamford Bridge side.
As for who should replace Abramovich, a consortium of new owners looks like a likely option. The Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and the American Todd Boehly have made an offer.
In the meantime The Guardian has claimed that British real estate magnate Nick Candy is preparing a £ 2.5m bid for Chelsea.
According to coach Arsenal manager Wenger, chelsea‘s new owners will not be able to have the same immediate influence Abramovich had early in his reign.
“You can not. Today you can not put that money in, privately, it is impossible,” said the Frenchman bein Sport (via Daily mail). “It’s limited to, I think, £ 200 million over three years. Back then you could put in a billion.
“I’ve always advised people who wanted to buy football clubs, instead of putting £ 100 million in every year, putting £ 500 million into the first year and buying the right players, then you have a team. Hi [Abramovich] could do it and he did it very well and today I think the club is managed really well and is at the top level.
“It is still sustainable as a football club today because they are at a good level. But after that, when you come in, it’s all about money and good decisions.
“Sometimes people have good decisions but no money, sometimes they have money but they make bad decisions. So you have to put the two together.”
Chelsea won the Champions League again under Abramovich last season. It was a great end to Thomas Tuchel’s first half season as manager. However, the Blues are still some distance away in the Premier League.
They started the campaign well, but Liverpool and Manchester City have broken beyond them. As such, it looks like cementing third place as a solid goal in the league for Tuchel.
On the way forward, however, Wenger warned that Chelsea can not go in search of big investments to close the gap.
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“I want to say he [Abramovich] was the first major investor [before] Glazers to get into a golden period for a guy who was a billionaire. There was no Financial Fair Play, you could put in as much money as you wanted, ”said Wenger.
“Today, with FFP, I would not necessarily advise anyone to come in to fight Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, who are light years ahead of them, to build a good team – because you can not invest the money you will invest.
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“So it’s much harder today. But he came into the golden period and I give him credit.
“He quickly understood what he was going to do, put competent people at the helm, who managed the club very well and brought him to a level that is completely unique. I have great respect for what he did.”
Chelsea are facing the key end to the season
Although the Premier League title seems to be a long shot for Chelsea this season, they can still achieve a cup double.
They have an advantage with two goals over Lille in the Champions League round of 16. Meanwhile, they play Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup later this month.
On the field, Tuchel’s team is fairly stable, with strength in depth throughout the field.
In front, Romelu Lukaku competes with Kai Havertz for a place on the team. Tuchel has said so despite Havertz recently dominating his mindsethe can not see past Lukaku’s goal threat.