Chelsea chief Abramovich gets first look at signings by attending Krasnodar tie

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich finally got to watch his new players in action on Wednesday.

The Russian billionaire has shown plenty of intent following Frank Lampard’s solid first season in charge at Stamford Bridge – sanctioning a summer spend in excess of £200m.

Despite that investment, both issues with his Visa and the recent pandemic have limited his ability to watch the Blues play in the flesh, and he hasn’t been able to attend since the Europa League final win over Arsenal in 2018.

Lampard has since revealed his delight that Abramovich was able to attend.

New signings Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner were all handed starts in their second Champions League outing of the season following the draw with Sevilla last week.

But it was academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi who managed the first goal, after Jorginho had hit the post from the penalty spot after a foul on Werner.

The German was then given the chance to take the second spot-kick – which he finished in style before Ziyech found the net on his first start and Tammy Abraham did well to assist Christian Pulisic.

The three points puts Chelsea level at the top of Group E after two fixtures.

When asked if he had the chance to chat to Abramovich, Lampard said: “I was aware that he was at the game which always makes us happy. I always feel the support of the owner whether he is here at games or not.

“To have him here is a nice bonus for myself and the squad, we are very respectful of him, of course.

“I didn’t manage to see him because before the game I was in the dressing room and a few of my staff members came to talk to him and by the time I was at the warm up, he wasn’t around.

“I am very pleased we put on what I thought was a good performance with four goals and a clean sheet in his home country. So I hope it made him happy.”

Before adding of the opponents: “I thought they played a good match and I expected a good match.

“They had some chances to score in the early parts of the second half where we felt some pressure but we were very clinical in how we took our goals, we missed our penalty which means we could have had one more.

I am not concerned. I thought they were a good opponent and maybe they will be disappointed but we are just happy we travelled in Europe in the Champions League, which is tough and got the result. I am more concerned with how we feel.”

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