Former Chelsea striker, Tony Cascarino, has asserted that Tottenham would have won five Premier League titles if Roman Abramovich had bought the North London club instead of the Blues.
It has been well publicised over the years that Abramovich considered buying a stake in Tottenham before his decision to purchase the West London club.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, revealed last year that the Russian billionaire was undecided between Chelsea and Tottenham in 2003, and it was he who instructed Abramovich to go with the Blues since they were closer to challenging for honours (Times).
Former Chelsea director, Mark Taylor, revealed earlier this month that it was Daniel Levy’s unwillingness to sell a majority stake in the club and concede control that made Abramovich turn his attentions to Chelsea (The Athletic’s Straight Outta Cobham podcast).
Chelsea have won five Premier Leagues, five FA Cups, three League Cups, two Europa Leagues and a Champions League since Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge while Tottenham have only managed to win a solitary League Cup in that time.
While discussing how great a job the Russian has done as the owner of Chelsea, Cascarino claimed that the Lilywhites might have been extremely successful over the last decade and a half had Abramovich had put his money into Tottenham.
The pundit told talkSPORT: “There’s been a lot of speculation about Roman Abramovich over the years. From where I see it, the amount of things that he’s done really well at Chelsea.
“He’s always been first, the NHS hospital, giving them the Millenium Hotel to use. He’s always been at the forefront of Chelsea’s expectations – I think he’s been an incredible owner for that football club.
“And to take a hit, like he’s prepared to do, when we question many other billionaires.
“I’ve got a friend who’s a Spurs fan and he’s never really been a big fan of Roman Abramovich, with Spurs and Chelsea the rivalry.
“And I said if he was the owner of your football club, you’d have probably won five titles by now.”
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Fans will likely be split on this but I’m glad we didn’t sell our soul to Abramovich in 2003 and buy our way to success like Chelsea did. I would rather that we earn our success by growing organically as we have under Daniel Levy. What Abramovich did at Chelsea and Sheikh Mansour did at Manchester City has effectively been outlawed now by FFP, and I believe that was the right call.
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