Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed that the English Premier League club is dealing with the restrictions imposed by the British government on its operations in a professional manner, and will do everything in its power to get through the second leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League against their host Lille, tomorrow, Wednesday.
The British government imposed sanctions on Russian Roman Abramovich and, under the terms of the government license, Chelsea’s operations were limited.
“We have to adapt to the new circumstances,” Tuchel told reporters on the eve of the second leg in France, where Chelsea won 2-0 in the first leg. “There are new things like match-fixing that normally we don’t care about.
“We’re working within a framework now. We’re not going to make excuses. It’s really hard to get things done in the best possible way for the FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough on Saturday.”
“As long as we have the shirts and as long as we are alive we will arrive, we will be competitive and we will fight hard for our success. We owe it to the people who usually support us… Of course, we are in the center of attention, but that is our responsibility.”
Tuchel added that he had had no choice but to be the voice of the club during a turbulent two-week period and said he would continue to answer any questions about any new owners.
“A new owner should come in after it has been approved,” Tuchel said. “Then we can discuss the matter if necessary.”
He added: “There is a process that defines the procedures for ownership of clubs in this league and of course…everyone depends on this process and the values behind the decisions.
He concluded: “I don’t think much about it (being the voice of the club). I try to be honest, give you an idea and give you information from the heart of the manager. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Chelsea fans not to sing Abramovich as “completely inappropriate” in the circumstances, but Tuchel said he did not want to comment.