Thomas Tuchel will gladly head to Chelsea wearing a peace symbol in place of the regular shirt sponsor’s logo.
Phone company obile Three has halted Chelsea shirt sponsorship after Blues owner Roman Abramovich was under sanctions by the British government.
Abramovich’s UK assets are being frozen for Chelsea, with the Premier League club granted a special license to continue operating, albeit under strict conditions.
Chelsea host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Abramovich’s sale of the west London club still a possibility – and Tuchel insists there is never a bad time to send a message of peace.
“We can always carry a message for peace and it can never be a false message,” Tuchel said.
“Probably more worrying than finding enough shirt numbers that we (can) play (wear), with sanctions! But as long as we have enough shirts, and as long as the bus is full of gas, we will get there and we will compete.
“This is something that anyone can be certain of and this is what we ask of ourselves and when there is a big storm, you jump in, you are together and then you are strong through it.
“But the message for peace can never be wrong.”
Chelsea’s long-term future remains in doubt following Abramovich’s sanctions and strict restrictions on fan spending and access.
Messages for peace can never go wrong.Thomas Tuchel
Season ticket holders will still be able to attend matches at Stamford Bridge, but no new tickets may go on sale on or after March 10.
Newcastle fans who have purchased tickets will be able to attend Sunday’s Premier League clash and refreshments could also be on sale for a match that sees Eddie Howe’s resurgent Magpies going. continue to revive.
While Newcastle are flourishing on the pitch, the club’s takeover by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) continues to attract heavy scrutiny.
All parties involved in the ownership of the new Magpies insist the PIF sovereign wealth fund is completely separate from the Saudi state.
However, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman is also PIF president as well as ruler of the country, leading to continued concerns from the outside.
Abramovich’s sanctions in the United Kingdom around the Russian-Israeli billionaire’s links to Vladimir Putin, which Boris Johnson’s government insists has now been substantiated despite the owner’s staunch denials own Chelsea.
Asked if neutral fans would like no team to win on Sunday, Tuchel replied: “Maybe, but I don’t care, I want us to win. I tell you it will be a tough game because Newcastle are very strong; very, very strong.
“It’s another Newcastle and they produce a lot of results. So I’m expecting a very, very tough match.
“Sorry, but I don’t really care what the neutral audience thinks about who will win.
“I think in the end, everyone wants to be excited to watch the games and want to be entertained and this is what we are doing.
“In this moment we try to have the right focus and try to have the right attitude and the boys have done this in a very impressive way and we need it on Sunday.”
Chelsea put aside all external worries about their future to beat Norwich 3-1 at Carrow Road on Thursday night, to claim their fourth Premier League win in the rotation.
“It’s always the best way in a team to win,” said Tuchel.
“Of course, for us, maybe in this moment it will be a little more difficult because of the noise. Some players will feel uncertain, some may be a little scared, some will be concerned, that’s normal.
“And it’s not just about the players either, we have a lot of people on staff and at the club who can also be nervous, scared and uncertain, so that’s why. I can only repeat myself, that’s why it is very important for us to keep the trust and to put our trust in the training center and all of us.
“And we lean on ourselves and end up allowing ourselves (accepting) that we are sports carers because we didn’t cause the situation, we couldn’t deal with the situation.
“So, I thought, it might as well give us a last bit of freedom to still enjoy what we’re doing and still live up to the responsibility of giving everything and what we ask of ourselves.
“This is what we do and I’m happy we can still produce results and performances and we’ll continue it to be ready for Sunday.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/thomas-tuchel-open-to-chelsea-wearing-message-of-peace-in-place-of-shirt-sponsor-41436248.html Thomas Tuchel opens up to Chelsea wearing a message of peace on behalf of shirt sponsors