World Cup defeat to affect Chelsea the most?

Sunderland was the unlucky town that Sky Sports News chose to use as the face of defeat when England lost out on the opportunity to hold the 2018 World Cup, but perhaps a better place to have filmed would have been in West London at Stamford Bridge.

This may seem like a bit of a bizarre suggestion initially, but the fact is that Chelsea could yet find themselves as the ones who lost the most because of the fact that Russia were the ones who ended up defeating England by winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup. It was no surprise of course, the football odds made them favourites, but they do have a lot of work to do.

With Russia set to invest billions of pounds in getting the country ready to host the World Cup, it seems like the country have it all to do over the next few years. Despite the fact that most of the money needed to complete the ambitious plans is set to come out of state funds, those funds are going to be supplied by the likes of Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich has indeed managed to loosen his ties his home country in recent years, but things are never simple. Abramovich has been a keen supporter of football in his home country and this backing is set to continue. With a World Cup to help pay for funds that would have once gone to Chelsea may no longer materialise. The transfer rumours which usually surround Stamford Bridge have already died down somewhat, and it may be a while before anymore big names come in. Fans would have every right to worry about the impact a Russian World Cup could have on the club.

Written by TCB reader Thomas Rooney

2 Responses to “World Cup defeat to affect Chelsea the most?”

  1. We have to break even under the new rules so anything Roman was to put into Chelsea was negligible compared to his wealth. He may now not buy us a new stadium – thats the only way I can see us being affected.

  2. There has been a lot said about Ray Wilkins departure and how it has affected the team, though although it would have affected morale a little, I’m not sure the training or tactics would have changed.

    David.