Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich due in Porto for Champions League final
ChelseaThe Russian owner hopes to see his club crowned Kings of Europe for the second time in his reign when they face Manchester City at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday night.
And the billionaire has been urged by captain Cesar Azpilicueta to continue supporting the club as he tries to end Pep Guardiola’s national dominance.
“He has always shown this desire to make the club a winner and always try to get the best for the club,” said Azpilicueta. “But I don’t want him to stop there because he and everyone at the club do an amazing job off the pitch and I think it’s remarkable.
“We are very grateful to have him with us.
“Chelsea always fight for everything and we have to take it step by step. It is true that in the Premier League we finished fourth and that is not where we want to be and we are always looking to improve with each season. This is obviously our challenge next season.
“Tomorrow it means a lot to be the only European champion – it’s a huge achievement. Then we will focus on what will happen next season. “
Abramovich has rarely looked at Chelsea in person since 2018 and his UK visa expired.
But he made it to the Women’s Champions League final in Gothenburg earlier this month and was also in the stands when then manager Frank Lampard’s side beat Krasnodar in Russia in October.
Tuchel has already revealed that he has had no contact with Abramovich since taking over from Lampard in January – but the German could now be in line for his first meeting here in Portugal.
Abramovich, meanwhile, will see whether his £ 220million transfer investment last summer paid off after concerns over Chelsea’s failing campaign prompted him to sack club legend Lampard in January.
Tuchel oversaw a remarkable transformation – securing a top-four spot and reaching two finals. But following his loss to Leicester in the FA Cup final, he must beat Premier League champions City to avoid ending up without a trophy.