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Okay, so we all know the story. Mysterious, ridiculously rich Russian oil tycoon buys out London football club, invests hundreds of millions of pounds into the club, and turns them into championship contenders almost immediately.

However, even without the injection of so much money into the club, Chelsea were already looking a club on the rise, albeit an older, poorer one. They had clinched qualification for the next year's Champions League with a fourth place finish, and had a sharper team than they had in a while.

Since then, though, they've changed drastically. My question to you, however, goes as follows: How do you think Chelsea would be doing right now, at this stage of this season, had Abrahamovic not stepped in? Would they still be challenging for the title? Would they be challenging for the UEFA Cup, fighting against Liverpool and Boro, or would they have capitulated like Leeds and be fighting off relegation?
 

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Where Leeds are, or maybe even in liquidation. They were a mere few days away from administration, and I do believe their debt was larger than Leeds' was at the time.

You know when you play Championship Manager/Football Manager and clubs go into receivership and any offer for players must be heard? That's where Chelsea was mere days from. So much so Gallas or Terry were expected to sign for Arsenal a week or so later, but Roman came along and they stayed. The rest is history.
 

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they would be plain on Chelsea FC...not Romans Chelsea...both respectable.
 

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They'd be languishing in sixth or seventh spot

They wouldn't have Mourinho as coach and the b**ching that seems to part of his repetoire

The Carling Cup final would be the mother of all games for them this season rather than a weekend distraction - winning it would be considered a successful season
 

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Okay.... First of all let's call the guy his real name, which is Roman Abramovich(not Abrahamovich, not Abramkovich, not Ibrahimovich etc...)
Second of all, there was an exact same topic 2-3 weeks ago. We could have continued our discussion there.
And lastly, Chelsea would be fighting for precious 4th place along with Everton, Pool and Boro....
 

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They would go into administration. Maybe some other investor would rescue them, but they would have to sell players and wouldn't be a top club in England for a while.
 

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That's like asking where Manchester United would be without money, where football would be without fans, where fans would be without football.
 

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They would be in the bottom half of the table if not relegated. They were in massive debt before Abramovich arrived.

They were certainly not a team on the up. Hasselbaink was threatening to leave for Barcelona, Gallas had handed in a transfer request and they would have soon sold Terry and Gudjohnsen. They had not made any transfers in 2 years!
 

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Even if they could keep the same team (somehow extend the credit for the debt or reduce it with new investors), they'd still oscillate between 4th and 5th place at best, or maybe without Zola they would drop further.
 

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Nauan said:
Okay.... First of all let's call the guy his real name, which is Roman Abramovich(not Abrahamovich, not Abramkovich, not Ibrahimovich etc...)
Second of all, there was an exact same topic 2-3 weeks ago. We could have continued our discussion there.
And lastly, Chelsea would be fighting for precious 4th place along with Everton, Pool and Boro....
Sorry, didn't realise there was another version of this topic. Probably because my inability to spell his name ruined my search for a past thread on this.

I think they'd be in fifth or sixth place, as sales would have had to have been made due to the debt they were dealing with. They probably wouldn't have either Terry or Lampard.
 

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they'd still be in Fulham, playing to 20,000 crowds probably singing their anti-semitic chants with more gusto than usual. :finger:

not the nice Chelsea fans though(there are a few nice ones) :D
 

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where would Milan be without Berlusconi, where would Juventus be without Fiat? Is there a difference between clubs financed by a wealthy backer (Milan, Juve, Inter, Chelsea...Madrid?) and clubs that are wealthy due to marketing, fan base and good management like Barcelona, United, Arsenal etc.
 

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Jern Lizardhous said:
they'd still be in Fulham, playing to 20,000 crowds probably singing their anti-semitic chants with more gusto than usual. :finger:

not the nice Chelsea fans though(there are a few nice ones) :D
hate to agree with a gooner but you're right :thmbup:
 
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