first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs: I thought he was the driver!by Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson had a role to play in Roman Abramovich buying Chelsea.The Russian billionaire was famously searching for a football club to purchase in the early 2000s.When he spoke with Swedish coach Eriksson about a club that would be suitable for his needs, he was advised to go with Chelsea over Tottenham.The Blues have enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history under Abramovich.Recalling their conversation, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.”He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.”I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.'” last_img