Frank Lampard and John Terry in happier times – although in 2003 they were left worried
The mega-rich Russian arrived at Chelsea 14 years ago and he soon started splashing bags of cash.
Juan Sebastian Veron, Geremi, Damien Duff, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo and Joe Cole were among the early arrivals after Abramovich arrived.
And it left Lampard and his good mate John Terry fearing the worst.
The midfield told Sky Sports: “When Roman came in it was tough because he brought all these players in.
Frank Lampard through the years: Chelsea legend's career in stickers Sun, February 12, 2017
Frank Lampard retired from football on February 2, 2017, and the team at Topps have collected every single Merlin Sticker and Match Attax card from his illustrious career
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“Me, John and Eidur Gudjohnsen were looking at each other and thinking: ‘We’re not going to get in this team’.
“For me that was tough. I got through the first year under Claudio Ranieri, then Jose [Mourinho] came in and brought all his self-confidence and people may call it arrogance, but you needed a bit of that in a professional sense and it came to me.
“There wasn’t a million tactical things that Jose said but he changed me as a person.
“He made me believe in myself, he made Chelsea believe as a team, he made us think we would be champions and we all believed it.”
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