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Big week ahead in Chelsea’s history as prospective buyers fly into London for meetings

The day will come when, as Chelsea supporters and football enthusiasts, we will only be typing about football-related concerns and transfers, rather than political issues.

Right now, the atmosphere surrounding Chelsea Football Club resembles a political circus, and many of us are becoming more dissatisfied with it all. This club and its supporters are going through a period of instability right now as a result of the noise, rumours, misinformation, speculation, disagreements, and discussions. I’ll be relieved when the new owners are firmly in place and we can simply concentrate on football.

This week will witness the arrival in London of all four potential new Chelsea owners who have made it to the final shortlist. According to The Athletic, they will be in London to have conversations with the club, presumably with officials like Bruce Buck, as well as with fan organizations and other stakeholders.

Without a doubt, this is another opportunity for them to position themselves as a political party seeking to win an election.

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Match Highlights: Chelsea 1-4 Brentford

A disappointing day at the office both on and off the pitch for the blues,… Hoping to get back to winning ways on Wednesday in the Champions League against Real Madrid.

watch the full highlight of our disastrous 4-1 defeat to Brentford below.

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Lille vs Chelsea Prediction, Odds and Free Betting Tips (16/03/2022)

Lille vs Chelsea: Top Free Betting Tips

While things have not been exactly smooth off the pitch, Chelsea have continued to deliver results on it. It’s been a roller-coaster past few weeks for the club and each day has more or less come with a major development regarding the sale of the club.

It remains clear how this would all end but the deadline for the sale has been penciled for the 18th of March, which is only a few days.

Chelsea will not let that distract them ahead of their Champions League round-of-16 second leg encounter against Lille. Having secured a 2-0 victory on home turf, the Blues will travel with a simple task of defending their lead and sealing a spot in the last eight.

Form Guide: Chelsea

Chelsea come into this game in good form, having won five out of their last six games across all competitions. Infact, the Blues have only lost to Manchester City and Liverpool (via penalties) in 2022. The Blues have shown some defensive solidarity in recent weeks and will be hopeful they can shut out their opponents once again.

Chelsea have scored three goals in three out of their last four games although there is a much calmer approach when it comes to the Champions League. Thomas Tuchel and company head into the midweek game after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend, courtesy Kai Havertz. However it may go, all things point to the fact that the Blues are well-placed to win on enemy territory and I am backing them to do just that.

Form Guide: Lille

Just three wins from their last six means Lille have blown hot and cold in recent time and it will take something tremendous to get a result against the reigning European Champions. Their drab draw against St Etienne at the weekend will not have inspired them with much confidence ahead of this encounter.

To stand a remote chance of advancing into the next round, Lille will have to score two goals and keep Chelsea at bay as well and the stakes for that is rather high.

While they recently put four past Clermont, Lille have found goals hard to come by of late. They have failed to score in three out of their last four outings across all competitions, including against Chelsea in the first leg.

An early goal for the hosts could change the complexion of the tie but the odds are well stacked against them in this one.

Team News

Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Calum Hudson-Odoi will remain absent due to injury while Cesar Azpilicueta is a doubt for the game due to illness. Otherwise, Thomas Tuchel has a full squad to choose from.

Lille vs Chelsea Betting Tips

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Chelsea to Win

The Blues will go into this game as clear favorites to win and I am backing them to do just that. Lille have not exactly impressed of late and I can see them causing no trouble to Tuchel and company. Chelsea are expected to dominate proceedings here and seal the win after 90 minutes.

Under 3.5 Goals

While we’re backing the Blues to win, it could turn out to be a really conservative game. We don’t see Lille letting too much in but just enough to condemn them to another defeat.

Havertz to score Anytime

Kai Havertz is a man on form at the moment and he just can’t stop scoring. He has recorded six goals and one assist in his last seven games and his solitary goal proved to be the difference one again against Newcastle at the weekend. He is in full confidence at the moment and you can back him to continue his red-hot scoring form.
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Important info about Lille vs Chelsea

Date: 16th of March 2022

Time: 20:00 (UK Time)

Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq)

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Five Ways Chelsea will be affected by Abramovich’s sale

While the whole world comes to terms with the aggressive invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, the realities have spilt into world football as Roman Abramovich confirmed he is open to selling Chelsea to end almost two decades of an incredible era.

With the possibility of sanctions from the UK Government looming, the Russian is frantically looking for a successor while he donates the proceeds of the sale for charitable efforts for victims of the war in Ukraine.

As Abramovich departs from Chelsea to mark the end of the club’s most successful era, he does so having employed 13 different managers which is vindicated by winning the most major trophies by an English club, five more than Manchester United’s 14 in that time.

The Blues now face an uncertain future across the club and fans are understandably perplexed. With that in mind, here are five changes that can be expected once Roman Abramovich sells Chelsea.

Transfer policy

Chelsea’s success during the outgoing era was built on a non-negotiable mantra of on-pitch triumph. Indeed, the method of spending huge sums on buying the best players announced their presence amongst Europe’s elite clubs as they racked up the titles.

Abramovich notably provided constant financial backing to every manager in a bid to attain the desired results, and that spending habit could be set to change – for better or worse – under the new ownership.

Chelsea broke the club transfer record in each of the last three seasons for Kepa Arrizabalaga, Kai Havertz and Romelu Lukaku to make a total of nine times during Abramovich’s reign but fans are currently clueless what the next project might be.

Nevertheless, the 55-year-old leaves the club as reigning European and World champions and the new dispensation will meet a large, self-sufficient football legacy that must be easier to build upon.

Change of mentality

The major driving force behind the unrelenting winning mentality under Abramovich was the famous system of constantly hiring and firing managers depending on how results went.

Although that perceived lack of stability translated to a wonderful trophy cabinet, Chelsea could deviate from the well-known nature which has defined their unprecedented success.

Fortunately, Thomas Tuchel might end up being the biggest benefactor with his incredible achievements with the club leaving new owners no choice but to stick with him to continue his enviable work on the pitch with the team.

Chelsea are clearly in good hands with FIFA’s the Best manager of the year award winner whose job was secure under Abramovich, he could now be saddled with the responsibility in the long term notwithstanding the new project.

 

It must be said that this fully depends on the identity of the new owners, but Tuchel has more than shown he is the best man for the job and this development could signal a longer-than-usual managerial regime for Chelsea football club.

Stability

Amidst the never-ending reel of managers, fans have long craved a long-term vision to bring stability on the pitch, as that continuity was the one thing lacking at Stamford Bridge despite the success on and off the pitch during Roman’s reign.

Par for the course, the longevity in the dugout is the essential driving force behind Manchester City and Liverpool – the most recent Premier League winners – and that might make the difference for Chelsea who haven’t won the league title since 2017.

As earlier stated, Tuchel will have the backing of the whole club to continue his magnificent spell in charge of the first team, while Emma Hayes continues her legendary tenure with the women’s team and the academy hopefully remains a leading light in world football.

Things will be drastically different, but it might lead to a more predictable Chelsea football club.

Change of structure as we know it

Roman Abramovich oversaw a club structure that was well-defined from board level down to the backroom staff. Indeed, Marina Granovskaia became the face of the club as Director and Chairman Bruce Buck maintained policies at the board level.

Petr Cech was added in 2019 to bridge the gap between the board and the teams as Performance and Technical Adviser and his role ensured the smooth running of operations on the pitch while having an input upstairs.

Although Roman had a hands-on approach to the running of the club behind the scenes, not much was expressed publicly as Chelsea developed into serial winners. The new owners will bring a different personality which might include more outward expression and a new mode of communication with the public.

That increased public interaction with the fans and media could prove positive or negative in the long run, but fans will be unequivocal in their demand for continued success on all fronts.

Given the club could be taken over by an individual or a consortium, the club structure and decision-making process is set to become faster or slower.

Long-term planning
Given the circumstances surrounding Abramovich’s drastic sale of the club, staff, fans and players are in the dark as to who will be the new owners and what their plans will be concerning the progress of the club.

Hence, fans will be curious to know what the immediate targets will be on the pitch, if the quest for trophies continues Roman’s vision or top four spots are the new parameters for success.

Players will also be wary of their role in the club, especially club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen whose contracts run out at the end of the season.

On the other hand, the rest of the club will be looking forward to progress concerning the new stadium project which was paused due to Abramovich’s visa problems. Only a sustainable plan of steady improvement on the pitch and development of the club off the pitch can pacify fans and keep them onside with the new regime.

When all is said and done. The new owners have a herculean task of motivating the millions of distraught fans all over the world.

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No need to panic: Abramovich selling the club is not the end for Chelsea

For the last two decades, Chelsea have always made headlines for various reasons and things came to a head this week with the shocking announcement that Roman Abramovich is open to selling the club due to the economic crackdown on Russia following their government’s military invasion of Ukraine.

Having lifted the Club World Cup trophy only 19 days ago to secure the one final piece of silverware missing from the Abramovich ownership, a new era could quickly sweep through Stamford Bridge and everyone concerned is yet to let it all sink in, to say the least.

The Russian billionaire is responsible for making Chelsea one of the biggest clubs in the world during his breathtaking reign but this sudden exit had been coming since 2018, when Abramovich’s visa issues in the UK began.

After lifting 21 trophies in 19 unforgettable years at the London club, Abramovich also revealed the proceeds from the sale of the club will be donated to victims of the war in Ukraine and he will not ask to be repaid the £1.5billion debt he is owed in loans to Chelsea.

This wonderful gesture is despite rising fears of sanctions from the UK government, which prompted Abramovich to initially hand stewardship and care of Chelsea to the club foundation’s trustees.

Indeed, there is no doubt that the unclear future of the club has thrust everyone to worry about what comes next for the English giants.

Abramovich – will Chelsea ever get another owner like him?

The 55-year-old, through his immense investment into the club and winning appetite, enhanced the competitiveness of the Premier League and became a very successful owner of a football institution that has created a unique model in their operations from their academy teams to the women and men’s first team squads.

Clearly, almost 20 years of tireless work behind the scenes is bearing fruit now more than ever, with accolades for the teams going well alongside their incredible charitable work and efforts at inclusion in the communities, as well as the smooth running of the club overseen by Director Marina Granovskaia.

The end of the most successful era in the club’s history couldn’t have come at a worse time, neither at a more fulfilling moment.

Abramovich has to act fast given the nightmare of Chelsea becoming a piece of sanctioned Russian property in which he could neither invest nor sell. But despite a painful parting of ways, he is leaving the club in the best possible condition.

Having bought the club for £140m in 2003, Abramovich leaves it as arguably the most prized asset in world football, with successful football sides across each team belonging to Chelsea and a level of self-sustainability attained in recent years.

The ruthless thirst for success and inconspicuous speed of operation as synonymous with Chelsea during the Abramovich era will soon be long gone, but the football, finances, and global appeal will remain intact for the foreseeable and whoever the new owner(s) may be will have a fairly easy task of continuing the progress of a well-run club.

Roman bought an ambitious club hungry for success and is seeking to sell the current European and World Champions. Needless to say that stability behind the scenes is the sole aim required for any new system.

Regardless of the project of the prospective new owners, they will do well to align with the emotions and vision of the fans early on.