Roman Abramovich has assembled a crack team to get Chelsea back to the top... and their plan includes a secret transfer hitlist, finally bringing through youngsters and matching Man Utd's commercial success
On the afternoon of their pre-season match against Rapid Vienna, a group of tracksuited Chelsea players strolled into the sprawling conference room of their five-star hotel and immediately thought they were in the wrong place.
This was supposed to be the venue for the first pre-match meal of the Antonio Conte era but there were no hot plates, no steak or chicken and no pasta.
Instead, a number of dishes containing a selection of nuts, seeds and fruit had been laid out.
The perplexed players turned around and went outside to check on the door. Yes – this was where they were meant to be. If... read more
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