Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte opened up about Roman Abramovich’s involvement in the dressing room during his tenure.
Any Chelsea fan would be thankful to the Russian billionaire for the success he has brought to the club since taking over in 2003.
But it is not only the investment and money he put into the club, Abramovich seems to be very passionate about the day-to-day aspects too.
Inter Milan manager Conte, who led Chelsea to Premier League glory in 2016/17, said the Blues owner was even interested in his tactics.
“I keep good memories with Chelsea, the club, with Mr Abramovich, who is a very passionate man for his football,” he told the Telegraph in an exclusive interview.
“It was incredible, especially in my first season, because he [Abramovich] was very, very close to me, asking about my football and my ideas.
“Many times he came to the training ground to meet me and I remember he wanted to watch the video about our game and about our preparation – the way we wanted to face the opponent.
“I think in my career, he was one of the most passionate men about football and I keep good memories about him and about the club, an important club in the world.”
Unfortunately, Abramovich has not been able to attend any game at Stamford Bridge since the 2018/19 season due to the denial of a visa extension by the UK government.
However, Abramovich was present for a couple of Chelsea games outside the UK, such as the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2019 and, more recently, Chelsea’s away trip to Krasnodar in October.