‘If necessary, I will take the bus to Lille myself’

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Thomas Tuchel has promised Chelsea loyalty, even now the English top-flight club is in trouble because of the situation surrounding Russian owner Roman Abramovich. The German manager is motivated to do his best.

The British government put 55-year-old Abramovich on a sanctions list last week because he has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With all of Abramovich’s assets and assets frozen in England, Chelsea face many limitations. For example, clubs must adhere to a limited travel budget. Chelsea will return to play in their eighth Champions League final against Lille OSC in France on Wednesday.

“The information I have is that we can go there and return by plane. But if that is not possible, we will go by train or, if necessary, by bus. And in the worst case scenario, I will be behind the wheel of the minibus itself sits down,” said Tuchel.

“Twenty years ago, if you had asked me if I wanted to miss a Champions League game as a coach, I would have said: what should I do about it? It didn’t change. committed involvement at Chelsea. hiring people who manage everything, who makes sure everything feels normal.”

‘I will stay until the end of the season’

However, Tuchel is not worried about his own future at Chelsea. “There is no doubt that I will stay until the end of the season,” he said after Sunday’s league win over Newcastle United (1-0).

“We are looking at it day by day, because everything can change. The situation is clear: the club is sold and hopefully it will be resolved.”

Tuchel came to Chelsea early last year to replace the sacked Frank Lampard. Under his leadership, the ‘Blues’ won the Champions League and most recently the World Cup for the club. Shortly after winning the Champions League, the 48-year-old German extended his contract in London until the summer of 2024.

Chelsea won the first leg against Lille 2-0. His return on French soil begins on Wednesday at 9pm.

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