Alex: Abramovich loves his Chelsea

Chelsea defender Alex revealed owner Roman Abramovich is taking a more hands-off approach nowadays, leaving Avram Grant to concentrate on coaching the first-team.

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The Brazilian stopper admitted that the Stamford Bridge club went through a rocky period following Jose Mourinho's unexpected exit earlier in the season, but feels Israeli coach Grant has done well to steady the ship.

"It has been a strange phase," Alex told Globo Esporte when asked about Mourinho's departure.

"The team felt it. But, step-by-step, things have been sorted.

"The new tactician has a different style from Mourinho but he is a good coach.

"The team are playing well.

"[Is Abramovich close to the team?] Not now. At the start of the season, he was present. "When I started here, he was always there.

"But he is a very calm person that treats people well. We see less of him since Mourinho's departure. Now the results are better."

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