Roman Abramovich appears to have tuned in to see Chelsea brush aside Peterborough United 6-1 in their opening pre-season friendly, if the Championship club’s owner’s comments are anything to go by.
Hakim Ziyech’s hat-trick was the main talking point on the pitch, but off the pitch – it appears the Chelsea chief was keen to tune in and watch the behind-closed-doors outing at Cobham.
Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony came on social media after the contest to reveal a certain request that the head of media at the Championship club had to deal with.
MacAnthony’s tweet read: “Chris Brewer [Peterborough’s Media Manager] got all starry eyed when we were asked to share our match stream with a certain Football Club owner.”
And if, as expected, Abramovich was watching on – he would have been impressed with what he saw; Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Armando Broja and a Ziyech hat-trick sealing a resounding win.
The Russian billionaire was known in his early years as Blues owner to watch a large number of Chelsea games at Stamford Bridge, but visa complications have meant that he has had to watch from afar in recent times.
Abramovich did, of course, attend the Champions League final in Porto, a game in which the second title at the highest European level came back to the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet.
Expectedly, the owner was able to meet the German boss after the historic win on the pitch.
After the final, Tuchel revealed to the media all about his first encounter with the billionaire and how the victory affected his contract situation in west London.
“I’m not even 100 per cent sure, but maybe I have already a new contract with that win,” Tuchel said. “My manager said something about it. I did not know, but let’s check this first. I spoke to the owner (Roman Abramovich) right now on the pitch, which was the best moment for a first meeting!
“…Or the worst as from now on, it can only get worse! We will speak tomorrow, we will speak later, but I’m looking forward to this.
“I can assure him that I will stay hungry, that I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy as a part of a really ambitious club and a strong part of a really strong group that suits my beliefs and suits my passion about football at the moment perfectly.
“My desire is to go for more victories and my desire is to grow as a coach. My desire is to push the group from the first day of the next season to the limit.
“We have work to do and we have to close the gap. This is what I am all about so it will be nice to meet him a bit closer.
“We’re in constant contact but not personal. He knows what’s going on from me directly but now it’s nice to meet him.”
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Source by Football London