With mega rich Manchester City winning the Premier League last season, and serial Premier League winners Manchester United always in the mix, there is a real danger that England’s top division could become a two team league in the same way as the SPL. Will the two Manchester teams continue to dominate the Premier League? Or will Chelsea, who were once Manchester United’s main contenders for the title, again rise from the ashes and haul themselves back into the mix?
When Roman Abramovic took control of Chelsea in 2003, he set about dramatically reversing their fortunes. Chelsea finished their first season after the takeover in second place in the Premiership, up from fourth the previous year. The following year, in 2004, following the appointment of a certain Jose Mourinho as manager, Chelsea then won their first Premier League Title in 50 years.
Since the takeover the club have won nine major trophies – the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League 3 times, the FA Cup 4 times (with 2010 providing the club’s first ever league and FA Cup double) and the League Cup twice.
Manchester United are the only English club to have won more honours in that time.
Abramovic was also responsible for the sanctioning of a then British record transfer fee of around £30 million for the services of Andriy Shevchenko.
In recent times, Chelsea haven’t been quite as prolific in the transfer market. Perhaps this is the reason why they have now gone two seasons without winning the Premier League and embarrassingly finished sixth last term.
If they want to challenge for it again, and help put an end to the revolution at Manchester City, then it is time for Abramovic to loosen the purse strings.
They have already shown some promise in the transfer market this summer, by beating off competition from Manchester United and City to sign exciting Lille forward Eden Hazard.
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