Abramovich made the statement an hour before kick-off, amid mounting rumours that he might sell Chelsea in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Chelsea’s players were ignorant of the happenings until Abramovich made them public in his statement, and Reece Burke made their night even more unpleasant when he put the Hatters ahead after only two minutes with a header after a corner.
Luton Town goalkeeper Jed Steer suffered an ankle injury after only 14 minutes, and Chelsea equalised before his substitute, Harry Isted, had even been on the field, with Saul Niguez directing home a slick finish.
Before halftime, Harry Cornick surged clear to restore Luton’s advantage, but Chelsea cranked up the heat after the break to win despite an uninspiring effort.
In the 68th minute, Timo Werner finished calmly after collecting Ruben Loftus-long Cheek’s ball, then crossed for Romelu Lukaku to sneak in and put Chelsea ahead for the first time 10 minutes later.