Is Abramovich dreaming to repeat the miracle of 2012?


In a decision that was not surprising to many, the management of Chelsea FC ousted the young coach, Frank Lampard, after a series of disappointing results for the team during the current season, especially at the domestic level.

Chelsea are ranked ninth in the Premier League table, after 19 rounds of competition, where they collected 29 points, after only eight wins, in contrast to five draws and six defeats.

Lampard assumed the technical leadership of Chelsea in the summer of 2019, succeeding the Italian coach, Maurizio Sarri, and made an encouraging start in the difficult circumstances that his club had gone through, after the departure of his Belgian star Eden Hazard, and he was subjected to punishment by the International Football Association, for violating the rules of contracting with young players, represented In preventing him from concluding contracts during the summer transfer period in 2019.

Chelsea finished the 2019/2020 season in fourth place in the Premier League table, which gave him a qualification card for the Champions League this season, and the same card secured Lampard’s stay in his position, after he won the confidence of the Russian Roman Abramovich, owner of the English capital club, and encouraged him to pump a lot Of the funds to build a strong team capable of competing for the Premier League title.

Chelsea spent nearly a quarter of a billion euros last summer, after contracting with seven players, the first of whom was Moroccan Hakim Ziyech, former Ajax Amsterdam star, and the Germans Timo Werner and Kay Havertz from Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

Chelsea also concluded a landmark deal by contracting left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City. He also won the services of veteran Brazilian Thiago Silva, former Paris Saint-Germain captain and young Frenchman Malang Sar from Nice, free of charge after their contract expired. Mercato concluded the contract with the Senegalese goalkeeper. Edward Mindy of Rennes Stadium.

But Chelseas results did not satisfy the ambitions of the Russian businessman, who became famous after patience with his coaches, and expectations have increased regarding a decision to dismiss Lampard, especially in recent weeks, after the team achieved a lone victory in the Premier League in the past five rounds.

Abramovi was famous for being an adventure lover, as he contracted many young coaches and brought in many names from various schools, whether in the summer or mid-season.

One of the most prominent experiences that the fans of the Blue Club did not forget was the decision to oust the young Portuguese Andre Fyas Boach from the technical leadership of the team, in the winter of 2012, after a significant decline in the results of the team under his leadership, despite the great hopes that Abramovich had built on him, who expected the reproduction of the experience Jose Mourinho when he signed Boach who was coach of FC Porto.

Abramovi needed only 40 games to make a final decision to sack Villas Buache in early March 2012, hoping to save the team’s career in the Champions League, after losing to Italian Napoli by three goals to one in the first leg of the round of 16.

Italian Roberto Di Matteo, Fyas Boach’s assistant, assumed the task at that time, and achieved one of the football miracles, after he succeeded in reuniting the team in record time, and overtook Napoli by winning four goals against one goal in the return, after a confrontation that extended for an extra time, before successfully continuing the road to the title. The most expensive in the history of the club.

Chelsea surpassed Benfica in the quarter-finals, before an epic qualification at the expense of Barcelona in the semi-final, and in the final match, a penalty shootout outperformed Bayern Munich, who fought the match among its fans on German soil, after the match ended with a one-goal draw for each team.

Chelsea won the FA Cup in the same season, after beating Liverpool 2-1 in the final match, to succeed Abramovich’s crazy adventure in distinction that season, but Di Matteos stay in office did not last long, as he was dismissed in the following season.

Many British reports indicated that the German coach, Thomas Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain coach, is one of the most prominent candidates to succeed Lampard, but some prominent names, led by Italian Massimiliano Allegri, remain firmly in the picture.


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