The Russian billionaire invested massively to ensure that the women team grew rapidly from a low-ranked women club to a club that can compete at the highest level.
The investment yielded massively this season as the women’s team made it to the final of the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. Hence, Roman Abramovich had to travel from Russia to Sweden where the final took place to watch the women play.
After the game, Roman Abramovich went into the locker room of the women’s team according to the coach of the team, Emma Hayes. The coach revealed that immediately the Russian billionaire entered the locker room, the women chorused that they would return the team to the Champions League final in the future.
The coach said: “Our owner came in to see us, and all the girls were very quick to tell him that we’ll be back here and we’ll work hard on the training pitch to make sure we do that.
“If I know this group well enough I know that they mean those words. This is just another step in our journey.”
Roman Abramovich meeting Emma Hayes and the Chelsea team after the game💙 pic.twitter.com/VZuBMQ2k7F— ChelseaFCBlogs (@ChelseaFCBlogs_) May 17, 2021
The Chelsea women have been having a great 2020-2021 season which Roman Abramovich should be very proud of. This season alone, they won the Women’s Super League for the second time in two seasons. They have also won this season’s League Cup.
Coach Emma Hayes and his ladies are still competing for this season’s Women’s FA Cup. They are in the fifth round of the competition.
“We’re double winners so far this season. We’ve had an exceptional season,” Coach Emma Hayes said.
“I think the disappointment that will be felt in the dressing room is that the game was over before it began.
“That’s what’s difficult because when you then end up having to chase a game it becomes transitional; you’re one-v-one everywhere.
“I thought we did very well at that, but what I didn’t think we did was defend our box well enough when it came down to it, and I didn’t think we were good enough in theirs. That’s why we don’t win the game.
“That’s something we’ve prided ourselves on, and something that, if we want to go up to another level, then we have to reflect on what that takes to do that because I think the better team won the game.
“For us, we have to close that gap against them. They had the pain of two years ago and it showed.”
Roman Abramovich could be in Porto, Poland, on May 29 to watch the Men’s version of the UEFA Champions League involving Chelsea and Manchester City.