Roman Abramovich explains why Chelsea change managers regularly

Abramovich has defended his club’s revolving-door policy at the managerial position, with the Blues having featured 15 head coaches in his 18 years as owner.

The owner told Forbes that: Chelsea’s culture is “Definitely focused on performance, it is at the same time supportive, inclusive and diverse. Both elements are critical to our success and one does not work without the other.

“I think we are pragmatic in our choices. And we are comfortable making the right changes at the right time to ensure we can achieve our long-term ambitions.

“I hope it also says something about the clarity of the long-term ambition of the club. Those who join understand the objectives both on the pitch, as well as the wider positive role the club plays in the community.”

Abramovich has not attended a match at Stamford Bridge since 2018 after his UK visa was not renewed due to political tensions between the UK and Russian governments.

Though there have been multiple reported bids from prospective owners in recent years, Abramovich didn’t sound like he was ready to sell.

“The ambitions are as true now as they were when I first became owner and I hope that can be seen through the work we have been doing on and off the pitch over the last 17 years.

“I think the trophies speak for themselves and show what we as a club have been able to achieve over these years, and it’s my goal for us to keep winning trophies going forward and build for the future.

“Chelsea has a very rich history, and I feel extremely fortunate to play a part in that. The club was here before me, and will be here after me, but my job is to ensure we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future.”

Porto chief explains why his club will qualify for semi finals at Chelsea expense in Champions League

Porto vice-president Vitor Baia has delivered his reaction to drawing Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final.

Vitor Baia, who won the competition with Porto in 2004 under Jose Mourinho, has already claimed that his side are favourites for the tie against Chelsea.

“We’re confident, but we know we’re going to play against a great team who have been recovering well since Thomas Tuchel has taken over as coach, especially from the defensive point of view, but they also have a lot of quality in the final third,” he said, as per Portugoal.net.

“They are a very balanced team, in the image of their coach, but let’s see.

“We will focus on what we have to do. It’s wide open, and in my eyes FC Porto are always favourites, no matter who the opposition. We have optimism and a desire to qualify for the semi-finals.

“We know the DNA of our team, our culture, and we will be up for the challenge of a tie of this magnitude.

“The players are extremely motivated with what we are doing in the Champions League, a competition where everything comes down to small details, but our coach is meticulous at preparing for games, especially these kinds of games.

“We are ready for what is coming and we have a motivated and strong team as we saw in the tie against Juventus. The players want to continue writing their story and there is still a lot to write in this Champions League.”

Timo Werner rejects swap deal involving Erling Haaland, Thomas Tuchel reacts

Timo Werner is reportedly set to refuse a potential swap deal involving Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

The Sun previously reported that the misfiring German could be used as a makeweight in the Blues’ bid to land the Norwegian.

Chelsea have joined the long queue for 20-year-old striker Haaland’s services with Manchester United and Manchester City also keen.

But German outlet SportBILD claim Werner is not interested in heading back to the Bundesliga as part of any deal with Dortmund.

The 25-year-old has struggled since his £45million move from RB Leipzig in the summer. The Germany star’s only Premier League goal since November was in the 2-0 win over Newcastle on February 15.

Yet Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was quick to shut down those suggestions that Werner could leave Stamford Bridge as being speculated.

He said: “In the moment I don’t see why he should be frustrated. We gave him a little time to breathe against Leeds. But right now, I don’t see why he should be too frustrated. And honestly, nobody here is blaming the strikers.

“This is a team effort to attack and defend, but we expect our guys to create more chances, to be more decisive because we expect the defenders to play on the highest level and so we also expect that of our strikers.”