Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel claims the impact of the UK Government’s sanctions on owner Roman Abramovich has severely affected the Premier League club’s players.
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Thomas Tuchel told his Chelsea players to keep winning – but admitted some of them were “frightened, worried and scared” about the future.
Sunday’s home game against Newcastle would be the first claim against outlaw owners By Roman Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues only allowed to complete the season under a special license from Westminster.
The fact that Abramovich was punished for his alleged links with fans Vladimir Putin It’s a Chelsea is in crisis with staff worried about their jobs, sponsors shutting down and players unable to renew contracts.
Tuchel was encouraged by the tenacity of Thursday night’s 3-1 win over Norwich, and with Saudi-sponsored Newcastle coming to the city, one can at least laugh at the prospect of an even competition: Neutrals hate the owners of both clubs.
Four straight wins have secured Chelsea a place in the top three and the German head coach, who has always questioned more blindly than his salary, said: “It’s always the best way to go on. win.
“Also, for us, it’s probably going to be a little bit more difficult at the moment because of the noise.
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“Some players will feel uncertain. Some might be a little scared. Some will be interested. It’s normal.
“And not just the players. We have a lot of staff in the club who may also be worried, scared and uncertain.
“That’s why it’s so important for us to keep faith and faith in the training center, in all of us. We rely on ourselves and ultimately allow ourselves to be sports carers.
“We did not cause the situation. We cannot resolve the situation. And it can also give us the freedom to finally enjoy what we are doing and still follow the responsibility of providing everything, and what we ask of ourselves.
“This is what we do and I’m glad we were able to still produce results and performances. We will be up there again getting ready for Sunday.”
Abramovich’s connections to the Kremlin and Saudi human rights record make a suitable pair, and when Tuchel was asked if fans of other clubs had little time to spend with both, he said added: “Maybe, but I don’t care – I want us to win. And it will be difficult because Newcastle are very strong.
“They produce a lot of results so I am expecting a very difficult game. I’m sorry, but I don’t care too much about what neutral viewers think about who will win.
“Ultimately, everyone wants to be excited and entertained. Right now we try to have the right focus and the right attitude. The boys do this in a very impressive way and we need this on Sunday.”
The three points would be a welcome distraction from the storm that is engulfing Chelsea after the government froze Abramovich’s UK assets, banned the club from selling tickets and merchandise and placed them in a transfer embargo. .
Unless a special club license is considered, Tuchel has little hope of keeping defenders Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen out of contract this summer.
But he is determined to focus on the present and insists: “Let’s see what’s going to happen. It doesn’t make any sense to me to comment now and offer an outlook for the future in the summer.
“I count on all those responsible and those in charge from the government to find a solution to get us through the season.
“That gives us the ability to take charge of our actions in the summer. Here’s what we can do now. We are all surprised by this news and it is too early to take a look at summer.
“Yes, that changed on Thursday morning and we have a game to prepare. I’m not sure I’m the right person to talk about that as I’m not fully informed and I’m in negotiations with the Government on how the license might survive.
“Let’s see in this moment. At some point, I allowed myself to be a football coach. It concerns the entire club. It has to do with women, it has to do with academia. I don’t think I’m the most important person involved in all of this.
“It makes us humble. This is what I mean when I say if we have enough shirts and suits, I’ll be there. And I’ll be there in the best of spirits because I love the game. What happens in the coming days, let’s see – and we’ll adapt.”
With shirt sponsor Number Three suspending their £40m-a-year contract, Chelsea have the opportunity to use the space in their kit to promote an anti-war message.
Again, this isn’t Tuchel’s job specs – and again, he’s given an impressive answer.
“We can always carry a message for peace – it can never be a false one,” he explains.
“There can be anxiety about finding enough jersey numbers to deal with the sanctions, but as long as the bus is full of fuel we will get there and be competitive.
“This is something that everyone can be sure of and this is what we ask of ourselves. When the storm is big, you get through it together, you try, stay strong and get through it together. But a message for peace can never go wrong.”
Christian Pulisic missed the win at Carrow Road due to illness, and captain Azpilicueta had to withdraw during a period of feeling unwell. Both are in doubt when facing Newcastle.
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