Claudio Ranieri has stated that his achievements convinced the Russian moneyman to invest in the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Claudio Ranieri is currently under pressure as manager of Monaco, with a Russian owner of the club seemingly weighing up whether to sack him after a trophyless campaign.
The former Blues boss has been speaking out about his time at Stamford Bridge and has stated that without his achievements the Londoners might not be in their privileged position today.
“In my career I have had more good seasons than average ones,” the Italian told RTBF.
“Titles in Serie B, Serie C in Italy, Ligue 2 in France. Second and third with Juventus, second with Roma and Chelsea.
“One of the most beautiful seasons was 2002/03 with Chelsea. Without transfers, we ensured qualification for the Champions League.
“Abramovich bought Chelsea at the end of that season because the club was in the Champions League.
“If he hadn’t, the club without money was dead.
“The next year we built the team in July and August. We finished second and got to the Champions League semi-finals against Monaco.”
Abramovich’s millions have rejuvenated the Blues over the years, with Chelsea expected to splash the cash this summer once more.
The expenditure means that there is little room for error at the club, with Jose Mourinho currently in the hotseat.