Picture this if you will.
It’s summer 2003, and Roman Abramovic has just purchased Chelsea FC. The Russian oligarch gave Claudio Ranieri a huge amount of money to rebuild the Blues. The roster already included youth team player John Terry, plus Frank Lampard and William Gallas—both of whom were Ranieri signings.
After Ranieri’s additions, it now boasted Claude Makelele, Hernan Crespo, Juan Sebastian Veron, and Damien Duff.
That year, Chelsea finished second in the Premier League and reached the semifinals of the Champions League.
It was suggested at the time that the 2004 summer arrivals of Arjen Robben, Petr Cech, and possibly Didier Drogba were set up by Ranieri. But of course Raneri was then sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho.
But imagine if Ranieri had been allowed to see if he could improve on that second place finish. What would the world look like now?