Exposed: Roman Abramovich held angry crisis talks after Liverpool loss
Chelsea’s dismal performance against Liverpool has not gone down too well with their owner Roman Abramovich who reportedly held late-night talks with club’s top officials in a bid to bounce back from a disappointing last season.
After winning the Premier League in 2014-15 season, a lot was expected from the Blues but a disastrous campaign saw them finishing a lowly tenth in the league. Desperate to challenge for the title once again, Roman Abramovich spent over £100 million in new signing during the summer. The Stamford Bridge outfit also appointed ex-Juventus boss Antonio Conte as the new manager. But even now the team is not looking like serious title contenders.
Playing at home, the Blues were totally outplayed by Liverpool during the first half. Even before finding their rhythm, they were 2-0 down. In fact, they did not have a single shot on target at that point.
Chelsea’s defence has been an area of concern since last season when they conceded 53 goals and it is not showing any signs of improvement even now. Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was left unmarked and he comfortably turned a set piece into the goal. The hosts improved a little bit in the second half and reduced the deficit when in-form striker Diego Costa finished from close range but Liverpool held on to inflict the first defeat of the season on the Blues.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte has repeatedly expressed his disappointment after not getting the players he wanted at the club. And according to reports he has already warned the Chelsea board that his squad needs new arrivals to challenge for the titles.
After losing out on John Stones, Kalidou Koulibaly and Alessio Romagnoli they finally settled for David Luiz. But looking at Chelsea’s defence in the league so far it is quite safe to say that they need new defenders to become a strong force.
With Abramovich keen to avoid another dismal season, it is expected that he will splash the cash in January.
The Chelsea boss is all set to make several changes for Tuesday’s EFL Cup match against Leicester and as quoted in The Express, the Italian tactician said:“It has been a good response since Friday. During training, I’ve seen the right intensity, the right commitment from the players.
“The message I have given them is the same as that I gave after the game – we must pay attention in every moment. Details change results. We analysed the game together and we’ve seen the positive things and the bad things. It’s important to restart and find a good spirit.
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