Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits Roman Abramovich has NOT contacted him since European Super League failure but insists he does not want an apology… even though the news which rocked football affected team ‘mindset’ prior to home draw with Brighton
- Chelsea fans staged a mass protest outside Stamford Bridge against the ESL
- The Blues were one of 12 clubs to declare themselves a ‘founding member’
- Thomas Tuchel says the project did affect his team preparation before Brighton
- Chelsea drew the match and Tuchel says Roman Abramovich is yet to apologise
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Roman Abramovich has failed to contact him in any form since the plans to join a breakaway European Super League blew up in the club’s face.
Tuchel’s Chelsea along with fellow members of the Premier League ‘big six’ – Liverpool, Manchester United, City, Arsenal and Tottenham – each pledged to join the money-spinning Super League despite the huge detrimental effect it would have had on the Premier League.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel admitted he had not been given prior warning of the clubs fans and that the news which rocked football ‘clearly’ impacted his team and their plans ahead of facing Brighton on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel has revealed he has not been apologised to over the Super League debacle
The German says he has not heard from Roman Abramovich but does not want an apology
The Blues needed to pick up all three points at home in order to keep up their charge on a top four finish.
However, protests raged outside Stamford Bridge while inside the stadium Chelsea could only manage a goalless draw.
Tuchel said: ‘Were we distracted? Yeah, clearly, otherwise it would not make sense to be focused on game.
Chelsea fans were surged on Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to protest the proposed project
Huge crowds chanted and brought banner to force the club into making a huge U-turn
‘We did speak since Sunday nothing else other than Super League and me personally I arrived in a state of mind on Tuesday in the stadium which was clearly not the mindset that I normally arrive in for a match.
The German boss, who has turned Chelsea’s fortunes around since joining the club and guiding them to a Champions League semi-final, did however admit that he does not feel as though he is owed any form of apology – before outlining that he has not once met up with the Blues Russian owner since taking over as boss.
Tuchel added, when asked if Abramovich had said sorry: ‘No, nobody needs to apologise.
‘I have not spoken to the owner since I arrived which is absolutely not a problem but I was in a dialogue with the club before and after the match and so i was informed that we were pulling out and that was pretty much all I needed to prepare the next match against West Ham.
‘But it’s all already in the past and I don’t think they need to apologise to me.’
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