By Richard Parks
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will feel “envy” when he looks at Tottenham, according to Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino.
The former Blues striker, who is a regular contributor on Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily programme, hailed Spurs as the best team in London following their 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
One man who will be hugely concerned at the eight-point gap opened by Tottenham over his Chelsea side is Russian tycoon Abramovich, whose money has established the west Londoners as a member of Europe’s elite over the last decade-and-a-half.
“Tottenham are now the best team in London”, wrote Cascarino in the Times. “The demise of Chelsea’s title-winning side started in the FA Cup final defeat last season and it’s amazing how much they need to change this summer.
“Chelsea lost Diego Costa to bad management, Gary Cahill to age and Nemanja Matic to a rival. They need a lot of work to challenge in the top four.
“Indeed Roman Abramovich will be looking at Tottenham with envy. New stadium close to completion, a talented young side managed by an equally talented manager. If they can keep it all together and keep building — Érik Lamela’s energetic and effective display shows the depth they have — they will rule the capital for the coming seasons.”
Football Insider verdict:
Chelsea are a team in need of another overhaul, which is something Abramovich has demonstrated throughout his reign he is willing to sanction. No-one stays in one place for too long at the Bridge or gets too comfy – as Antonio Conte will no doubt find out when he gets his P45 and a nice pay-off in the coming weeks – as the club continually make changes in terms of playing and management personnel. The long-standing owner will know he can’t get Mauricio Pochettino – there is no way Daniel Levy will allow that to happen – but he has the resources to blow Spurs out of the water when it comes to recruiting new talent. Expect him to at least try to do so.
In other Tottenham news, the club are working on a deal to sign a 29-year-old left footer who would be a sensational signing.