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Eriksson encouraged Abramovich to buy Chelsea instead of Spurs

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According to the former England boss, he met Roman Abramovic and mistook him for a driver at their first meeting as he gave him an idea.

In 2003 former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich met.

But the Swede mistake Abramovich for a driver and gave him the best suggestion of his life.

“We met at Les Ambassadeurs (a casino in London),” Eriksson was quoted by The Daily Mail.

“There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course, that was Roman.”

He explained: “He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.”

“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”

“Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win,” he continued.

“I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team’.”

Since then, the Blues have won five English Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, three Football League Cups, two FA Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League, and two UEFA Europa League.