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Marina Granovskaia, The Russian Behind Chelsea's Success

Chelsea’s good start to the season has made this London club regarded by many as the favorite of the Premier League champions and achieved amazing results season. 

Although coach Thomas Tuchel and his players received immediate praise and attention, Chelsea’s recent success has largely been staged by a personality whose influence is only usurped by boss Roman Abramovich

Marina Granovskaia joined Chelsea when Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. He previously worked for a Russian oligarch at an oil company he had owned since 1997. Over the past 18 years, her influence at the club has continued to expand. Today, as the general manager, she is responsible for player transactions, where Chelsea has built one of the best teams in Europe, while effectively balancing the books. 

This summer is one of the best examples of her skills. Chelsea destroyed her transfer record, resigned for £ Buruka, but the business passed by 105 meters of offset, artists such as Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma, and Fikayo Tomori all players 

But it wasn't just a clever transfer transaction that made Granovskaya top the list at Chelsea. She is said to have played an important role in establishing the relationship between Chelsea and Dutch club Witters Arnhem. Many Chelsea players, including current star Mason Mount, have provided loans to help them develop. She also played an important role in the development of the Chelsea Cobham Training Center, which opened in 2007 and is now one of the best training grounds in Europe. 

Elsewhere, Granovskaya’s negotiation skills are not limited to player transfers, because the Canadian from Russia has led the signing of a £60 jersey sponsorship agreement with Nike, which will last until 2032. 

Some speed bumps have appeared over the years. Their all-around role in the Chelsea transfer caused tensions with former head coach Antonio Conte, who complained that after leading the club to an unlikely Premier League title, he failed to achieve his first choice in the summer Transfer goal. His predecessor, Maurizio Sarri, had similar concerns. 

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois accused Granovskaia of retracting her words when he was told that he would be allowed to leave Chelsea in 2018. The Belgian finally moved to Real Madrid before the deadline. His successor, Kepa Arrizabalaga of £71 million, has been working hard to justify his world record cost. 

Granovskaya is also considered to be the peacemaker who allowed Mourinho to win the championship last season and then serve as Chelsea coach again in the 2013 season. 

But the club’s current poor health means that the good times at Stamford Bridge firmly prevail, and few people are more responsible for its success than Granovskaya. 

So no wonder she is often referred to as one of the most influential women in football.

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