Thomas Tuchel says he does not fear life after Roman Abramovich

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sees no reason why ‘we should be in fear or concerned’ over life after Roman Abramovich and reveals he found out the Russian was selling while he was in the away dressing room at Luton

  • Tuchel said Chelsea is the ‘perfect fit’ for him and hopes to stay long term
  • Questions mark hang over the future with Roman Abramovich set to leave
  • Petr Cech briefed a group of about 80 players and staff at the training ground 


Divorced, beheaded, died. Interim only, sacked, sacked, sacked, survived. Thomas Tuchel, the man destined to become Catherine Parr to Roman Abramovich’s Henry VIII, pledged his future to Chelsea and claimed the club can continue to thrive without their Russian oligarch.

‘The owner is selling the club,’ said Tuchel. ‘He’s selling a well-structured, top organisation. Right now, I don’t see why we should be in fear or concerned. This club is well placed, well organised, functional.

‘It is a pleasure to work here. I can honestly say it’s the highest level I have experienced. So we will have a new owner, but does that mean the organisation is in question, or the structure? I don’t think it’s a given. If it is, we need to talk again but to think about it right now makes no sense.’

Thomas Tuchel pledged his future to Chelsea and claimed the club can continue to thrive

Thomas Tuchel pledged his future to Chelsea and claimed the club can continue to thrive

Billionaire Abramovich, who has come under the threat of sanctions from the UK Government, revealed his plans to sell in a statement on Wednesday, an hour before Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Luton’s Kenilworth Road.

‘Away dressing room at Luton Town, first chair on the right wall,’ quipped Tuchel when asked where he was when he found out, before he admitted: ‘I knew a little bit before. It was a process of messages, talks. I could feel it coming. I could feel the possibility.’

With director Marina Granovskaia ill, Petr Cech, former goalkeeper now technical and performance adviser, briefed a group of about 80 players and staff at the training ground on Thursday.

Abramovich revealed his plans in a statement an hour before Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round tie

Abramovich revealed his plans in a statement an hour before Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round tie

‘Eighty different life situations, 80 different characters and they all handle it differently,’ said Tuchel, but he does not anticipate any distraction for his players ahead of Saturday’s game at Burnley.

‘When you reach a situation there’s simply not time for innovation and doing new stuff. You need to be clear and when the storm is coming you need to function, on the basis that you can rely on each other. The foundation is the club culture where it was always football first. And this helps because this is what we do right now.’

Tuchel said it was ‘simply too early’ to consider the impact on transfers or players out of contract at the end of the season.

Tuchel he does not anticipate any distraction for his players ahead of the game at Burnley

Tuchel he does not anticipate any distraction for his players ahead of the game at Burnley

He refused to cast opinion on the Granovskaia and Cech roles when the Abramovich era ends but his desire to stay was unequivocal.

‘Chelsea is for me the perfect fit,’ said Tuchel. ‘I love to be here. I love everything about the club. Hopefully it continues. There is uncertainty but isn’t there always for a football manager? I am used to it on different levels. This is quite a level, to be honest, but I am positive and hope things will end well.

‘From outside in the last 19 years, Chelsea was for me a tough club to play against and a club that demands a lot from its employees and players. Very passionate and very competitive.

‘And this is exactly what I found and what I love to be here and hope it continues.’

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