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In Carlo Ancelotti’s autobiography, Preferisco la Coppa, he revealed how Roman Abramovich told him how unsatisfied he was with Chelsea.
Abramovich discussed how for a team that he funded with the vision of beautiful Barcelona-like football, José Mourinho then turned into a dull and ugly—but winning—footballing side.
Yet as successful as Mourinho was, he still didn’t win the UEFA Champions League. Down went the guillotine.
As Ancelotti recanted in his autobiography, Preferisco la Coppa, he told Abramovich, “President, your team is very physical, you have to put more quality in the middle of the pitch.”
Yet why did Ancelotti then buy Ramires, a physical, hard working, blue collar and Mourinho-esque midfielder for £17 million?
Perhaps it didn’t help that a deteriorating Deco was sold, and Yossi Benayoun, the only player in the squad with creative flair, was injured for six months.
Though would Ancelotti have consistently started a fit Benayoun?
A pair of 6-0 victories against West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, and a 4-0 victory against Blackpool gave false hope for Roman Abramovich that his team had changed their philosophy.
For the rest of the season, Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea played uninspiring, dull and at times uninterested football—reminiscent of Mourinho’s short lived final season at Stamford Bridge.