June 3, 2023

Thomas Tuchel believes that recent off-field events at the club have strengthened his sense of gratitude at doing a job he loves and working at the highest level.

The Chelsea head coach has had to answer numerous questions beyond his remit of the football field this week as the prospect of a change of ownership looms large and the club face restrictions as a result of UK Government sanctions against current owner Roman Abramovich.

Despite the distractions, the Blues have picked up six points from our last two Premier League matches over the past nine days and will be looking to add another three points when league action returns to Stamford Bridge this afternoon for the visit of Newcastle United.
In the build-up to that game, Tuchel has been reflecting on how happy he feels at Stamford Bridge and how determined he is to see out the current uncertainty in order to keep on building and delivering success on the pitch.

‘I like where I am because I can personally appreciate the value it has to be in a club with a mentality that fits so good to my mentality,’ he said.

‘I appreciate a lot the amount and quality of support that I found in this club so I feel very privileged and very lucky. I know how much I need this to be the best version of myself so this is a big value for me.

‘Maybe the football allows me to focus. It’s just what I love and it’s nice to have it and it’s nice to have the routines, it’s nice to have the support from everybody in the building and to be in a club like this. This helps a lot, the amount of support and the quality of support is huge.’

The German also claimed that he was prepared to adapt to whatever lies ahead, with the club’s ownership expected to change hands in due course. In the meantime and given the ever-changing situation, he is simply staying focused on the football.

‘I never had in any contract that I can spend this amount of money or that I need this player,’ he added. ‘I never did this at any club.

‘That’s why I trust myself also to adapt to a lot of situations and I trust my ability to influence teams. I’m happy to be part of that big team at Cobham and at Chelsea.

‘I am still very, very happy and I hope that will not change. I cannot predict the future but right now my future is until the next game so let’s go day by day. There is no other solution at the moment.

‘It is actually in the building at Cobham pretty much business as usual. Of course there is a lot going on and it is another level of distraction, but we need to live in the moment.’

Another result of the Government sanctions is that only those who had already purchased a ticket before they came into force will be able to attend Chelsea matches, including today’s fixture against Newcastle.

Tuchel is uncertain what kind of impact that will have on the size of the crowd at Stamford Bridge today, but he is hoping the supporters are able put the distractions to one side and focus on enjoying the match.

‘We cannot sell tickets at the moment so I’m not too sure what it will feel like, if it will not be totally full, but I hope that everybody who is there will support the team because believe it or not we are in an entertainment business and focusing only on problems can cloud the vision and cloud the enjoyment.

‘We are in the middle of a complicated situation and we need the supporters to be positive and to help the team to perform and hopefully win, because it helps us to go through uncertain times. This is what we try and we will play our part and let’s see what it will feel like in the stadium.’


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