Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will see the Blues take to the pitch for the 1000th time under his ownership on Sunday afternoon.
In a fairytale-esque coincidence, the anniversary falls on the day that the Blues host arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, a meeting between Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer and Jose Mourinho, the club’s most decorated manager.
Lampard was a player for the Blues when Abramovich first purchased the club in 2003 and was a big part of the first years of success that Chelsea gained in the opening years of his tenure.
The ex-midfielder now manager was proud to be a part of that squad, and is also proud to be their manager during a year overshadowed by coronavirus-based uncertainties in which Abramovich has continued to invest in the club.
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“I was certainly proud of that and I think it is sometimes better with hindsight and time to look back at a period,” Lampard explained.
“I remember the early days of the Roman Abramovich era and it put many fans’ backs up that a new owner came in and spent the money and we became successful pretty quickly but I think as time has settled by, I think you can see how we have sustained success over a period of time.
“Some of the recent action during Covid times show big heart from big heart and a real empathy from the owner and it always comes from him but also from the club. I have been proud to have been associated with the club through thick and thin in those periods.”
Lampard is currently in his second season as the Blues’ manager and after not being able to spend during his first transfer window due to a transfer ban, Lampard was given a war chest of over £200m that allowed him to sign the likes of Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and more at the start of…