Hola fellow Geezers !!
It’s Roman’s appreciation week and I am a huge fan of Roman. Everybody has posted brilliant articles on Roman’s time at Chelsea, so I decided to look at his time at Chelsea in a different way. Here’s a sort of psychological (and a bit cheesy) take on the Abramovich Era at the SW6. or maybe not. Heck, I don't even know what I've written. Anyway.
Born in Jewish Family of Latvian origins, Roman was orphaned as a child. He attended regular state schools and was an average student. He had a pretty torrid time before he became what he is today.
He's a self-made man. Roman has been severely criticized for sacking managers. He's been blamed about being too short-sighted. He's been blamed for treating Chelsea FC as a toy of his own.
The point of sacking managers is true, but not 100%. The rest, these are all severe misconceptions about Roman. He’s pretty unfairly criticized.
Roman loves the club. He has loved it ever since he brought it. He's pumped in his own money into the club. Made Chelsea a global brand. A European superpower.
Roman is a mysterious guy, but passionate about his ideals, about the things he loves. He will hardly show emotions. He won't ask for praises, neither will he care about the criticism hurled at him.
Why do we not look at the bigger picture? Beyond theses 'rules' and 'regulations' and 'ideologies' that seem to be engraved in the world of football.
Roman’s not a football expert by any means. But that doesn't mean he isn't eventually getting into the flow of things. He may not have got it 100%, but he's warming up to it, slowly but surely. He may not be perfect, but has there ever been anyone who's been perfect?
We live in a world full of people who need results. We blame Roman for his lack of patience, but do WE possess the patience too? After a tiger tastes human blood, that’s the only thing it craves for.
And that’s how it's going to be with us. I am sure none of us would like to go the Liverpool or the Leeds way, would we? Once you taste success, you need continuation.
You can't go back, WE can't go back. Roman's changed things forever, for the better or for the worse, probably for the better.
Chelsea is like Gotham. It was somewhere between the lines of brilliance and disappointment. A team full of potential regularly challenging everywhere in pieces but faltering at the last step.
It needed somebody to show it a direction, a path. It needed a guy strong enough to stand up for himself and for the club, who could take on the criticism and still guide the club to ultimate glory, even if it meant people hated him for it.
And I am sure that other than us Chelsea fans, the entire world despises Roman. But will that stop him? SHOULD it stop him? He has and always will put the Club's success before himself, that’s a fact.
Perhaps we, as Chelsea fans understand that Roman Abramovich stands for something more potent than the whims of the so-called football Ideologists.
And people as I said, hate him for it. That’s the sacrifice he's making. He's not being a hero. He's being something more.
Like the Batman, Roman is whatever Chelsea needs him to be. He'll make sure our levels don't drop, he'll make sure that our players get top class facilities.
And who says he doesn't think about youth? He's pumped close to a billion on our youth academy since he took over, and results are being seen clearly.
People may criticize him, but he will take it. He can be the outcast. He can make the choice no one else can at the club. The right choice.
The truth is that every ideal has an opposite ideal that also views itself as the truth. Doing what Roman does is very hard. He stands up for his ideals and in the process, his morals turn into ambiguous and unheroic for the crowd that cries for his head.
People said that we'll never achieve greatness in Europe, because the path Roman chose to take us on was 'unethical' for them.
It's tempting for people to turn their backs on someone who makes difficult choices, in order to protect their appearance of a non-existent fixed ideology.
In this new found cynical age, we don't want to love our saviour. We want him to work for us. People love to see Roman being mocked at because it makes them feel more perfect than him, it soothes their own insecurity.
Roman Abramovich is our unsung hero.
Like the Batman says :
"Sometimes, the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded. "
My point is that as a culture, the anti-Romans and the anti-Chelsea guys forget that having faith itself is the biggest reward. We kept faith in the team and in Roman. And now we have finally conquered Europe. It's a reward for our faith.
Roman Abramovich is a saviour in a cynical age for us, not the one that we deserve, but maybe the one that we need. Not the one to chase, but the one to follow.
Someday, maybe when I'll have the privilege of meeting him, I'll say "For everything you've done, I never got to thank you Roman. "
And he'll probably smile and say "You'll never have to ..."
Roman's not a hero, but he isn’t a villain either.
Like the Batman, He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
(Dark Knight theme plays in the background)