The Revolutions of Chelsea in The Last 2 Decades: Beyond the Pitch
Chelsea is not the same club it was before the takeover of Roman Abramovic. But what comes to mind when the fans think about the last 15 years is usually the trophies, the glories within domestic footie level such as the titles of the UEFA Champions League, The FA Cup and The League Cup.
Of course, we also have extreme action in the transfer windows, including the very last one under the new management of Todd Boehly.
But there’s a lot more in a football club than just the visible action. We can say that top-flight clubs like the Premier League have, in general, the same level of quality in terms of behind-the-scenes staff.
But some clubs may excel in terms of the details, that is, a specific physiologist that is incredibly talented, or a doctor that is a reference in knee surgery, for example.
Every detail counts when it comes to winning the most prestigious football tournaments in the world.
Long gone are the days when the players just needed to show up at the stadium for the game of the day. The club professionals are there for the players to be the best that they can be, such as nutrition staff helping with details regarding the best diet for a player, and fitness staff like at normal gyms, determining how many sets and reps you need to build muscle but with a high degree of specificity.
Even the way the players run can be different depending on the position. Centre-backs are more likely to sprint quite often, but not to run long distances in a steady way like a winger or a full-back.
Football is a game of science now, and science takes money. A lot of money has been spent at Stamford Bridge since the takeover of the Russian billionaire to make Chelsea a top club in The UK, such as the other ones of the Big 6, in terms of scientifical staff and facilities.
The Arrival of New Talent: How the January-Bought Players Could Excel at Chelsea
Some players that arrived at Stamford Bridge in the historical transfer window of January will have the best structure possible to thrive on the pitch, due to the people that do their best behind the scenes to make it happen.
Mudryk is a good example of that. While Shakhtar was a top club in the past, the structure of the club was naturally compromised due to the war between Ukraine and Russia.
Moving to London, to a big 6 club like The Blues will allow this impressive rising star to have the best that science can offer for his development as a footballer, to maybe become a historical name like Shevchenko, for example.
Some players arrived from bigger clubs than others, but one thing is certain: 20 years ago, Chelsea wasn’t a club with as much scientifical staff as the other big clubs in the UK, and now young talent abroad know that if they choose to wear blue, they’ll have an excellent place to develop as young footballers.