With Abramovich’s assets frozen and the club in crisis, the Blues face an uncertain future clouded in concern.
For Newcastle, however, it’s their time to be buoyant.
Under the stewardship of Eddie Howe, the Magpies have found a new lease of life.
Their January recruits are gelling, the squad is reportedly the most united it’s been in a long time and the club head into their latest encounter with Chelsea on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run in the league.
Under Howe, Newcastle have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance, one which has seen them climb up to 14th, a whopping 10 points clear of the dreaded drop zone.