Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel praised his players for being able to focus amid the sanctions of the club owner, Roman Abramovich, by beating Norwich 3-1 in the match week 30 of the Premier League, Friday (11/3) early morning WIB.
The issue of Chelsea’s ownership has not yet been resolved, which will change hands because Abramovich will sell it, currently the Russian businessman has been sanctioned by the British Government.
All of his assets in the country were frozen so that Chelsea had limited space for movement. They can only compete and pay the salaries of players, coaching staff, and club employees during the ban period.
Chelsea, who are currently not allowed to sign new players, renew contracts or sell match tickets. Even Chelsea’s merchandise store has closed.
Their main sponsor, mobile phone company Three, responded to the sanctions by saying it was temporarily suspending the £40m deal.
In addition, according to a report by sportswear giant Nike, which makes Chelsea kits, it is also considering terminating a 15-year contract worth £900 million signed since 2016. The car manufacturer Hyundai is also currently reviewing its contract with the Blues.
The sanctions have raised concerns for Chelsea’s future. However, Tuchel is adamant that he will not give up. This was evidenced by the Premier League victory against Norwich.
“So far we can trust each other and this is not going to change. As long as we have enough shirts and buses to take to the games, we will be there and will be competing hard,” he said.
“Everyone can be very confident that we are focused on us, to keep the attitude and mentality right on the training ground and in the team.”
Abramovich has announced that he is willing to sell Chelsea. A number of potential buyers have expressed interest in the club, which has won 19 major trophies since the Russian businessman bought him in 2003.
Tuchel did not know which direction the club was going when Abramovich left. But he wouldn’t worry. “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. The extent of the impact, today’s news is big, in time we don’t know how big it will be. We can’t influence it,” he said.
There has been speculation that Tuchel may be leaving Chelsea given their sudden turbulent situation. But the German, who has won the Champions League and Club World Cup since Abramovich’s signing in January 2021, insists he remains happy at the west London club.
“I’m still happy to be here and still happy to be the manager of a strong team,” he said.
Chelsea are third in the Premier League after beating Norwich with 56 points, nine ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United in the hunt for a top-four finish.
They are also still competing in the last 16 of the Champions League and the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Tuchel will use his Premier League top four goals and Champions League and FA Cup titles to keep his players focused amid this chaos. He did not deny, the players could be disturbed by this situation.
“It would be a lie if I said I have no doubts but I also have a lot of faith,” he said.
“In difficult circumstances we produced many good performances so we can believe in our mentality and culture at the club. We allow ourselves to focus on football.” (AFP/OL-13)
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