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Chelsea picked up right where they left off on Saturday, as Thomas Tuchel’s side ran out 6-1 winners in their pre-season opener against Peterborough United.
It’s the Blues’ first game since overcoming Manchester City in the Champions League final at the end of May.
It was a rather more low-profile showing for Tuchel’s fringe players, but many took the opportunity to impress the boss with both hands.
Hakim Ziyech netted a hat-trick, while goals from Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja will have pleased the Chelsea boss.
But it wasn’t just Tuchel taking in the action, with Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony hinting Roman Abramovich had tuned in.
Chelsea kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 6-1 win over Peterborough at Cobham
He posted on social media that the Posh’s media manager was left “starry eyed when we were asked to share our match stream with a certain football club owner”.
Abramovich has been left frustrated in recent times with Covid and visa issues limiting his ability to take on games in person.
That hasn’t affected his commitment to the cause however, revealing his ambition to succeed is just as burning as it was when he bought the club in 2004.
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“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,” he said in a recent interview with Forbes.
“I think the trophies speak for themselves and show what we as a club have been able to achieve over these years,” Abramovich added.
“And it’s my goal for us to keep winning trophies going forward and build for the future.”
Roman Abramovich has said his commitment to Chelsea has never wavered
The Chelsea owner was present for their Champions League triumph in Porto, and somewhat remarkably mixed his first meeting with Tuchel with the lifting of the European Cup.
“I spoke to the owner right now on the pitch, which was the best moment for a first meeting!” Tuchel explained after their win over City.
"…Or the worst as from now on, it can only get worse! We will speak tomorrow, we will speak later, but I'm looking forward to this.
"I can assure him that I will stay hungry, that I want the next title and I feel absolutely happy as a part of a really ambitious club and a strong part of a really strong group that suits my beliefs and suits my passion about football at the moment perfectly.”
Both manager and owner appear perfectly in sync in regards to their passion for the project and Abramovich will have further time to prove his commitment before the transfer window closes.
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