Chelsea FC starts the year 2013 on a bleak note under the rule of Roman Abramovich. When Abramovich bought Chelsea nearly a decade ago, there was talk of a new era.
Chelsea was expected to ride in glory in The Premier League and UEFA events such as the Champions League. Unfortunately, this is not the case as Chelsea is in third place in the 2012-13 Premier League and is not a contender for the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea won the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League defeating Bayern Munich on the basis of penalties. The Blue Nation was eliminated at the group stage when Juventus defeated Shakhtar Donetsk in December 2012.
What has happened to Chelsea under Abramovich?
Managerial Musical Chairs
Abramovich appears to suffer from excessive perfection from managers. If a manager does not win a trophy, he is automatically sacked.
The year 2012 will be remembered for Chelsea having three managers within that year. Chelsea started 2012 with Andres Villas-Boas who was replaced by Roberto Di Matteo on the nod of Abramovich.
Di Matteo remained until Chelsea was eliminated from the group stages of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League. Rafa Benitez replaced Di Matteo and the former’s position remains unstable as the previous managers.
During the almost ten years of Abramovich, Chelsea had the following managers: Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luis Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Villas-Boas, Di Matteo, and Benitez.
The only manager who left on his own terms was Hiddink for a personal reason. It was difficult to manage a Premier League team and a national [Russia] team at the same time.
Hiddink has not returned to Stamford Bridge to manage. Abramovich reportedly wanted Pep Guardiola to manage Chelsea after the latter's return from his sabbatical.
Guardiola replied by signing with Bayern Munich instead of Chelsea. It appears that Guardiola did not want to be the latest victim of Abramovich’s whims.
The biggest error made by Abramovich was to sign Fernando Torres away from Liverpool. Torres was signed by Abramovich in the year 2011 to the tune of £ 50m or $79m.
Since then, Torres has been unable to perform as a striker with 25 goals within 100 matches. The changes of managers have not helped the equation.
The possibility of Torres sent to Atletico Madrid on loan or permanent is not surprising. Chelsea has Demba Ba from Senegal who signed in the beginning of 2013.
There has been news from tabloids such as The Sun about player revolts against managers. I am not aware if Abramovich is behind it he did not make any comments with one exception.
He blamed the players for the sacking of Villas-Boas. If this is the case, why did Abramovich do something to defend Villas-Boas?
At the present rate, Chelsea may well descend into the lower ranks of the Premier League and UEFA. It might eventually enter the relegation zone and descend to the lower tiers of English football.
It is hoped that someone reads this article and takes action to stop the descent of The Blue Nation. It takes a short step to be relegated and a long one to return to the upper tiers.
David Luiz of Chelsea at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida during friendly match between Chelsea FC and AC Milan. Courtesy of Roberto Alvarez-Galloso