Despite leading the Chelsea to a famous comeback in their Champions League second leg against Napoli the Sun reports that Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is still be looking to axe Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and even Captain and leader John Terry in the summer.
They claim a source close to the Russian maintain he’s still determined to oversee a radical rebuild to what he and many others consider an ageing squad. The source stated:
“Despite the euphoria that followed Chelsea’s historic win over Napoli, it is unlikely to have much impact on the owner or lead to a radical change of thinking.
“To be honest, he doesn’t give a damn what people think. He will do things his own way.”
Obviously sentiment is not in the Russians DNA as he prepares to lower the teams average age this summer.
Abramovich is also said to be less than impressed that the same group of players who performed such heroics on Wednesday night would not back his choice of manager in AVB and blatantly refused to get behind the former Chelsea boss. Despite the obvious change under Roberto Di Matteo it is claimed Abramovich has no intention of offering him the job full-time – I wonder if that would change if Di Matteo were to lead Chelsea to Champions League glory -.
Chelsea are constantly criticised for how the club is run and fans are always quick to point out that Chelsea, despite recent success, have no history like Man United and Liverpool.
Surely by axing the players which brought the club their first major success in 50 years will further enhance this criticism. If Drogba can not agree a new deal then the club have no choice but to let the striker leave, as for Ashley Cole he certainly has not been at his best this season but with a real shortage of world class full backs I ask who will Chelsea replace him with.
To let John Terry go would be a catastrophic mistake for Chelsea. Would Liverpool allow Gerrard to leave because they want to rebuild? Would Man United let Ferdinand, Giggs or Vidic leave? Of course they wouldn’t, John Terry showed his importance to Chelsea on Wednesday night with an heroic performance in the heart of their defence in which he kept in-form and sought after striker Edison Cavani a spectator for most of the game.
Chelsea and Abramovich must be careful when trying to rebuild the team, over the years Sir Alex has rebuilt his team numerous times but has always kept his most professional and influential players. Arsenal allowed all their ‘big’ players to leave in a short space of time and tried to rebuild but have ended up going seven years without a trophy.
When rebuilding a squad it should be a controlled process over a number of years. Clubs should keep their influential players who the younger players can look up too and learn from whilst gradually lowering the average age of the squad.
Chelsea’s ‘old guard’ showed their quality on Wednesday night and I ask, if Chelsea played that match without Drogba, Cole, Lampard and Terry would they have been celebrating at the final whistle?
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