Chelsea play to bring joy, anger and entertainment to fans and workers
Chelsea play to bring joy, anger and entertainment to their supporters, head coach Thomas Tuchel has said.
The European and world champions are going through an uncertain period following the British government’s decision to sanction owner Roman Abramovich following the war in Ukraine. The results showed the 55-year-old had ties to the Russian state and Vladimir Putin,
Evraz, partly owned by Abramovich, was declared by the government to be “involved in the provision of financial services or the provision of funds, economic resources, goods or technology which could contribute to destabilizing Ukraine or to undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine – which potentially includes the supply of steel to the Russian military which may have been used in the production of tanks”.
He has seen his assets frozen and as a result Chelsea have special licensing issues to allow him to continue operating and teams to meet their fixture schedules.
A takeover is underway, with bidders having until Friday March 18 to submit their bids. But with the current license, which is expected to be changed next week, causing uncertainty and seeing many employees worried if they should be paid at the end of the month, Tuchel was keen to stress that this performance and victory was for them. .
What Thomas Tuchel said
“No more than in the last game” replied Tuchel when asked if the atmosphere around the club had an impact on performance compared to Newcastle.
“I felt like it’s our responsibility because we can’t influence the situation. We’re not responsible for the situation so at some point it’s our responsibility because we’re in the spotlight. and have these games, to focus on what we do well.
“It’s a responsibility to our talent but also to every Chelsea employee. There are a lot of people I see on a daily basis who worry and have worked for decades. They’re not that famous but they worry long enough in the future, I wonder if everything will be okay.
“So for them it’s important to have the right attitude and also to focus on that and see the responsibility and what that means for those people. Even if it’s just for 90 minutes.
“When we played football during corona [the pandemic] we knew we couldn’t cure the virus. But we tried to give some hope so that people could feel joy, excitement, maybe even anger and entertainment. That’s what we’re trying to do now. The matter is very serious.”