THOMAS TUCHEL is preparing for a wave of anti-Chelsea in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The bloody conflict in Eastern Europe has set Blues’ Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich and his club in the limelight.
“To a certain extent I can understand the criticism towards the club, towards us who represent that club,” Tuchel said. I can understand that and we cannot completely free ourselves from it.
“No one expected this. It’s pretty far-fetched, it obscures our minds, it masks the excitement ahead of the finale, and it brings enormous uncertainty.
To some extent, I can understand criticisms towards the club, towards us who represent that club.
“So much more for all the people and families, who are actually more involved at the moment than we are. And our best wishes and our care and thoughts are obviously with them, which is absolutely the most important thing. “
Labor MP Chris Bryant says Abramovich should be banned from owning Chelsea because he is a ‘person of interest’ according to UK security services.
Tuchel added: “There is a lot of uncertainty around the situation of our club and the situation in England with scenarios like these.
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“We are aware of that but perhaps people should understand that as a coach or as a player, we don’t have insight into what is really going on.
“We don’t have as much inside information as you might think and in the end it’s probably best not to get too political.
“We should not pretend that this is not the problem. The situation in general, for me and my staff and everyone here, for the players, is horrible.
“I am aware of all the situations and all the discussions at the moment.
“I would very much like to reserve the right not to comment on this until a decision has been made. But we are aware of it, and it distracts us, makes us nervous.
“There is no running away from it. There is no closure to focus on football”.
There are fears that the Carabao Cup final will be overshadowed by anti-Russian protests as the sports world unites against the violence.
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UEFA has moved this season’s Champions League final from the Russian city of St Petersburg to Paris – the third year in a row the venue has changed mid-season.
“Yes, and sadly, that’s the worst reason to change locations,” Tuchel said. Absolutely the worst
“Two times before it was due to halo and it wasn’t good, and now we have even worse news.”
Tuchel’s plans to win a third trophy during his time in charge of Chelsea have fallen into disarray.
“We can’t say put this aside,” he said. It is the opposite. We have to live with it now.
“We are still privileged to live in peace and freedom right where we are right now. And we are still privileged to have a football match, to have an emotional yet peaceful environment with the fans in the stadium.
“We’re very, very, very privileged, so it’s a tough reality check right now. How privileged we are.
“And I don’t think this is going to go away, that my mind is clouded. It won’t go away for anyone. The problem is too big.
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“The situation is too big and it is not an isolated situation somewhere. It’s about Europe, it’s in Europe and we’re part of Europe.
“War in Europe was unthinkable for me for a long time. The impact is clear and the discussions impactful.
“Let’s be a little more patient and understand what the measurements will look like and then we might have to deal with it.”
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