Tags: Abramovich, Roman A

On Soccer: Manchester City Delivered a Lesson. Will Chelsea Learn This Time?

MANCHESTER, England — As he trudged, wordlessly, away from the field, away from the crowd, away from the burning humiliation, Maurizio Sarri looked like a man who knew. He is not the first in his position to have worn that look, to have made that walk, to sense that, sooner or later, Chelsea has a…

On Soccer: Memo to Theresa May: In Premier League, Russian Roots Run Deep

But any move against the oligarchs would not simply be a case of seizing the Belgravia townhouses or freezing the bank accounts of a cadre of unfamiliar names. It would not be neat, or quiet. It would be high-profile, complex, almost unimaginable. Russian money has laid down the deepest of roots in British life. Photo…

On Soccer: Chelsea Spins Its Wheels in a Cycle of Its Own Making

It happened with José Mourinho, with Luiz Felipe Scolari, with André Villas-Boas, with Carlo Ancelotti and with Mourinho again, just a couple of years ago, when the club described the atmosphere at the training ground as one of “palpable discord.” So now it must be claiming Conte, too, just a few months after he won…