Pablo Aimar: Chelsea side weakest of Roman Abramovich era

Pablo Aimar believes Chelsea are currently at their "weakest" since Roman Abramovich bought the club back in 2003

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 Photo: M Lystseva/Wikimedia

Pablo Aimar believes Chelsea are currently at their “weakest” since Roman Abramovich bought the club back in 2003.

Aimar is set to line up against the west Londoners when Benfica take on the Blues in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Amsterdam.

And the 33-year-old midfielder believes the Chelsea side are not as strong as the team that won the Champions League 12 months ago.

“Since they have inherited a wealthy owner [Abramovich], this is probably the weakest Chelsea team there has been,” Aimar is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“Of course, Chelsea are a big club, but this is not the same team that won the Champions League a year ago. This team got knocked out at the group stages.

“They have not been convincing in Europe or in the Premier League. And it is a team that is not behind the coach [Rafael Benitez]. We can take advantage of the fact they are not at their best and not playing as a team.

“Then players who have been so important like John Terry and Frank Lampard are not even getting games. It is amazing how much a team can change in 12 months, but that is football.”

Benfica were beaten 2-1 by domestic rivals Porto on Saturday in the build-up to Wednesday’s clash.

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