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Blues' owner loves football – and loves the club

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As the managerial merry-go-round at Stamford Bridge spins once more - the seventh time in eight seasons in fact - Roman Abramovich has been criticised for his ruthless approach in deposing Chelsea bosses.

Carlo Ancelotti was the latest to fall foul of the Chelsea owner, with the Italian being relieved of his duties moments after the Blues' final day defeat to Everton, while Guus Hiddink seems set to become the next man to tread Abramovich's tightrope.

The Russian billionaire, however, has the full support of former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly - who says the 44-year-old is one of most passionate football men he has ever encountered.

"He is not obsessed with the Champions League. He is calm," the Frenchman told the Evening Standard.

"The people around him are nervous - the marketing side of the club is not as big as it should be for a club like Chelsea But Roman is cool. He is happy to make decisions and take gambles. There was life after Jose Mourinho, there will be life after Ancelotti.




 

"People should stop saying Abramovich just splashes the money. He loves football. I was captain when he was there and I would discuss football with him. He would tell me football is the reason of life.

"There is no business contract that can give him the feeling of being in the semi-final of the Champions League or when one of his players scores in the last minute to make him win the game.

"He is a supporter and that is why I respect the guy. He has the passion and loves the team. The club is like a wine cellar where he moves the bottles because he has the money.

"He takes a player like Fernando Torres and he is like a very nice wine. He hopes when he is going to open it, it is going to be very good."

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