Roman Abramovich watches Chelsea play live for the first time in 18 months

Roman Abramovich watches Chelsea play live for the first time in 18 months

- Roman Abramovich had the opportunity to watch his Chelsea squad for the first time in 18 months

- Frank Lampard’s latest signings impressed as Blues defeated Krasnodar 4-0

- The Russian billionaire supported the club manager with £200million during the summer transfer window

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Roman Abramiovich was in the stands as Chelsea walloped Krasnodar 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, October 28.

It is the first time in 18 months that the Russian billionaire had the opportunity to see his boys, no thanks to the coronavirus outbreak which consecutively affected the issuance of visas.

The businessman backed Frank Lampard in signing a number of players during the summer as they spent over £200million on new signings.

It was gathered that the owner has not been able to see his squad play since they defeated Arsenal in the Europa League final in 2018.

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New stars Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner, Edouard Mend and Timo Werner started the game against Krasnodar but it was academy product Callum Hudson-Odoi who opened the scoring not long after Jorginho missed a penalty.

Hakim Ziyech, Pulisic and Timo Werner also got a goal each in the game as Chelsea won with a convincing 4-0 away from home.

Roman Abramovich: Chelsea owner gets first look at signings by attending Champions League clash
Roman Abramovich was in the stands during Chelsea's 4-0 win over Krasnodar. Photo: Chris Lee
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Asked if he had the chance to chat to Abramovich, Lampard said as cited in Daily Star:

“I was aware that he was at the game which always makes us happy. I always feel the support of the owner whether he is here at games or not.
“To have him here is a nice bonus for myself and the squad, we are very respectful of him, of course.
“I didn’t manage to see him because before the game I was in the dressing room and a few of my staff members came to talk to him and by the time I was at the warm up, he wasn’t around."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Christian Vieri who had 49 international caps for the Italian national team and also won the Italia Serie A during the 1996-1997 season says Lionel Messi is the Harry Potter of football.

Messi grabbed a late goal from the penalty spot on Wednesday night, October 28, to complement Ousmane Dembele’s first half strike as Barcelona beat Juventus in Turin 2-0.

The Argentine dazzled in the encounter making a staggering 65 passes in the Old Lady half with Barcelona moving to six points in Champions’ League Group G.

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