Why Manchester Should Be Bricking It Over Chelsea's Signings

Roman Abramovich is in the mood for another Premier League title and Matthew Glazier of Bettingpro.com wonders whether they are buying their way to more silverware this summer.
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Roman Abramovich is in the mood for another Premier League title and Matthew Glazier of Bettingpro.com wonders whether they are buying their way to more silverware this summer.

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Any club can win the Champions League with a little bit of luck and stout defensive organisation. Just ask Rafael Benitez, who guided a modest Liverpool outfit to success in this competition in 2005.

Seven seasons later and caretaker Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo achieved the same feat at Stamford Bridge, something that delighted owner Roman Abramovich who has been desperate for the Blues to land the European Cup ever since buying the club in 2003.

That victorious night in Munich seems to have given the Chelsea owner a renewed appetite for success and the Russian has already spent large sums of cash in recruiting Marko Marin, the Hazard brothers and Oscar this summer.

Chelsea have managed to capture the title just once in the last six seasons and Abramovich now appears set on a policy of buying expensive but talented youngsters that can be part of the club’s bright future.

It would have pained Abramovich to see his beloved club finish 25 points behind Manchester City and Manchester United last season, although perhaps more embarrassing was the fact that Newcastle finished a place higher in the Premier League table despite having just a fraction of Chelsea’s wage bill and spending power.

Quite whether Di Matteo is the right manager for the job is open to question, although the Italian clearly has a strong affinity with the club thanks to a successful playing career at the Bridge and coaching ability is only part of what creates a long-standing Chelsea manager under Abramovich - just ask Andre Villas-Boas or Carlo Ancelotti.

The big summer spending clearly hasn’t stopped at Stamford Bridge, with the west London club in the market for a right-back following the departure of Jose Bosingwa, while reinforcements are required in attack now that Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are no longer on the books.

Di Matteo and his inevitable successors will have to find a winning formula while Roman continues to throw money at a project which finally made the Blues European champions but has only delivered three league titles since his acquisition nearly ten years ago.

Since the 2004-5 and 2005-6 Premier League successes under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have managed to capture the title just once in the last six seasons and Abramovich now appears set on a policy of buying expensive but talented youngsters that can be part of the club’s bright future.

However, the bookies aren’t expecting the Manchester clubs to be overhauled this season, with Chelsea installed as third favourites behind City and United. Di Matteo and his inevitable successors will have to find a winning formula while Roman continues to throw money at a project which finally made the Blues European champions but has only delivered three league titles since his acquisition nearly ten years ago.

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