Has Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich changed?

Roman Abramovich

Petr Cech’s claims that Chelsea’s 2013-14 season will not be a failure even if they fail to win a trophy suggests so.

Throughout the season Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that his main objective is to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Even when the Blues were in pole position, the Portuguese had pointed out that Manchester City had games in hand, persistently saying that his is a team that is in under construction and will be fully prepared for the title challenge next season.

And now one his most trusted players, Petr Cech, has come out and claimed that failing to win any silverware this campaign won’t count as a failure.

‘We're not the favourites for the title’, said the goalkeeper. ‘If we don't win it, we will be disappointed but it was not the target. As the manager said, this is a process of him building the team he wants.

‘We have made progress even if there are no trophies at the end to show for it. We have been looking for stability and in the last few seasons we have had a lot of changes of manager. It's really important to start with one manager and end it with the same one.

‘Now next season we can make an even bigger step forward. Whatever happens this season it will be even better next season because of the confidence we have gained and we will be in an even better position to fulfil our targets’.

Has something changed at Chelsea? Has the mentality of club owner Roman Abramovich become different? Is he not the same man who fired Carlo Ancelotti despite the Italian accomplishing the Premier League and the FA Cup double for the first time in the Blues’ history?

The fact that two of Chelsea’s most loyal servants – Mourinho and Cech – have insisted that this is a transition period for the club does indicate that the Blues are now looking for long-term sustainability. Add to the fact that they have signed a number of young players in recent years including Oscar, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard, and you get the feeling that perhaps finally 47-year-old Abramovich is looking to make Chelsea a more stable environment to work in.

Perhaps, after finally winning the elusive Champions League in 2012 and then getting rid of the manager who won it, Abramovich wants to make Chelsea more stable in the long-term in the mould of Manchester United.

Which is good news for Mourinho and the players who will be at the club next season. But can the Russian really be trusted if things go wrong again? If Chelsea end up without a trophy for two seasons in a row, then would the billionaire lose his patience?

Time will tell.

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