'I think': BBC pundit makes fresh claim about Roman Abramovich at Chelsea after Club World Cup final victory

Chris Sutton has claimed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has done a “brilliant job” during his time so far at Stamford Bridge.

Russian businessman Abramovich bought the Blues back in 2003, which sparked the start of a golden era.

It’s been a continuous winning machine during nearly two decades with the London club, albeit the ruthless business model has been to sack managers who are underachieving for a small period of time.

Current Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has credit in the bank after winning the Champions League last May, as well as guiding his side to the Club World Cup at the weekend.

They beat Brazilian side Palmeiras 2-1 after extra-time in the Club World Cup final, with Abramovich present at the match in Abu Dhabi.

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BBC pundit Sutton has given huge applause to 55-year-old Abramovich for the work he’s done following the latest trophy success:

“I think you look at the job he’s done Abramovich and the criticism of Chelsea comes from jealousy really,” Sutton told The Monday Night Club.

“When you look at their trophy haul, and I got what both of you’re saying about sacking managers, but it’s worked for them.

“You have a guy there who’s put his heart and soul into Chelsea. They’ve one however many trophies. I think he’s done a brilliant job. If you’re a Chelsea fan, you’re delighted with the last 20 odd years. It doesn’t get any better.”

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Chelsea fans used to structure

The ruthless axing of managers hasn’t always gone down well over the years with Chelsea fans, but it’s hard to argue when the trophies continue to flood in.

Tuchel’s in a position where he’s loved by pretty much everyone in the fanbase, which is why it should be unimaginable to think he’ll leave anytime soon.

However, there is a constant pressure on all Chelsea managers.

Tuchel’s a smart man who’s well aware of the pressure on him. He seems to be handling it better than most, though.

Many Blues fans would love to see talented coach Tuchel be the man to break the mould to stay at the club for five-plus years, but that’ll mean matching the high expectations.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.