Thomas Tuchel had to fight to protect his high mood after witnessing Chelsea reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League when informed of the possibility of future fan absences facing the Blues.
hristian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta scored to send the defending champions into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Lille.
Burak Yilmaz took a penalty for Lille at the noisy Stade Pierre Mauroy but Chelsea came back strong after a 2-1 win on the night in France.
Roman Abramovich’s UK and now EU sanctions amid Russian aggression Ukraine continued hardship for the Blues, who were unable to sell any new tickets to supporters.
Now UEFA predicts Chelsea will not be able to have any fans at future Champions League matches while Abramovich is the owner of the club.
The sale of Chelsea continues to be in full swing, and the Stamford Bridge team may even have a new owner in the Champions League quarter-finals in April.
A new face in the owner’s seat should ease the threat of closed-door matches, but Tuchel is in no mood to speculate after Chelsea’s win in France.
When asked about the prospect of playing without fans, Tuchel replied: “Thanks for ruining my evening!
“I’m in a very good mood, can we talk about it when it’s confirmed? Let’s wait for the confirmation of the confirmation.
“Let’s see, today I’m glad we’re in the last eight.
“There’s a lot to overcome, so I’m very happy and very proud.
“So let’s see. That’s the first thing I hear now.
“In three days we will play Middlesbrough in the national cup, then we have the national break, and then I will think of a good answer.
“The fans are outside right now and it’s great to be with them.”
Tuchel appeared as emotional and proud as he was during his spells at Chelsea, even including winning the Champions League and Club World Cup.
The German coach greeted Chelsea’s traveling supporters with a punch and a slap in the chest.
The sale of Chelsea and Abramovich’s sanctions may have destabilized the west London club, but Tuchel and his team-mates continue to impress under football’s greatest tensions.
Chelsea continue to lobby the Government to relax strict operating permits, with travel cost limits understood to have been lifted in particular for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final trip to Middlesbrough.
Chelsea were still unable to sell new tickets for that trip to Boro, and the club issued and subsequently withdrew a statement casting doubt on the integrity of the competition between those blocks.
Tuchel admitted his relief that the Blues had retracted that statement, adding: “Let me put it like this, we like to play in front of an audience. And I don’t think spectators for the sake of opponents. suffer the consequences”.
“So I think the proposal has been withdrawn and it’s absolutely the right thing to do, because it’s on our side and hopefully it doesn’t make sense like this.
“It’s not the best idea to put it like this. We like to play in front of an audience.
“Me and the team were not involved in this decision and I’m glad it was withdrawn, very happy.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/champions-league/thanks-for-ruining-my-evening-thomas-tuchels-mood-ruined-despite-chelsea-making-quarter-finals-41456798.html ‘Thanks for ruining my evening!’ – Thomas Tuchel’s mood was ruined despite Chelsea reaching the quarterfinals