Roman wants to see Chelsea in Champions League final


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  • Friday, 29 Feb 2008

LONDON: Roman Abramovich is heaping more pressure on Avram Grant by making lavish plans to celebrate this year’s Champions League final in Moscow.  

Red Rom has already booked hotels and restaurants around the May 21 showpiece in his native Russia.  

Chelsea’s billionaire owner secured Moscow’s most expensive rooms and eateries in anticipation of celebrating the club’s first Champions League final.  

And that means under-fire coach Grant must deliver the Blues to European football’s biggest stage.  

Abramovich: The Russian billionaire is already making plans to celebrate Chelsea’s first ChampionsLeague final in Moscow on May 21.

Chelsea need to beat Olympiakos at home next week to make the quarter-finals of the tournament.  

It is understood Red Rom has reservations at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, where a suite costs up to a whopping £5,000 per night.  

An hotel employee revealed: “We’ve heard Abramovich has booked a whole floor for a few days in May.”  

The Ritz Carlton boasts the city’s best collection of French wine as well as three-star Michelin chef Heinz Winkler.  

Abramovich and his friends can expect to tuck into the “Tsar’s Breakfast”, which includes Kobe beef steak, foie gras, Beluga caviar and a truffle omelette, served with champagne at £400 a pop.  

Sushi-loving Rom, who gets takeaway from London’s Nobu restaurant for games at Stamford Bridge, can also feast in the hotel’s rooftop 02 Lounge.  

The restaurant flies in fresh seafood from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market twice weekly and will set him back around £200 a head.  

Also on the itinerary is dinner and drinks at Moscow’s exclusive GQ Bar.  

Red Rom is a regular at the 17th-century housed nightspot and is hoping to toast a Chelsea triumph at the Luzhniki Stadium with Cristal champagne at £650 per magnum.  

As for players, UEFA have allocated team hotels for the finalists with Chelsea due to stay at the five-star Swissotel.  

That may not be considered a very lucky choice, however.  

That is where the England team stayed last November when they lost 2-1 to Russia in the same stadium.  

Meanwhile, West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green reckons Chelsea will not fancy coming to Upton Park this weekend after their League Cup final defeat to Spurs on Sunday.  

The Blues, who trail leaders Arenal by nine points, are desperate to boost their title bid with a win.  

But Green warned: “In true West Ham style, it seems to be the games where we excel.  

“Chelsea had a big game on Sunday and they have a big Champions League game on the Wednesday after our match.  

“You know they won’t be looking forward to coming to Upton Park. I don’t think anyone ever does, really. Between ourselves and the fans, we can make it as intimidating as possible and really get stuck into them.”  

Green also revealed he is still hurting after being overlooked for Fabio Capello’s first England squad.  

He said: “It is still very early in Mr Capello’s reign but it’s disappointing not to be involved.” – The Sun, London 


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