Thomas Tuchel claims Chelsea are ‘suffering’ due to takeover process

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea are ‘suffering’ right now due to the enforced change of ownership.

Chelsea were thrown into turmoil earlier this year when owner and benefactor Roman Abramovich had his assets frozen by the UK government due to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. That saw Chelsea forced to operate under a restricted licence and put their whole future on the line if a buyer could not be found. They are slowly getting clarity on that now, with a consortium led by Todd Boehly close to securing a £4.25bn purchase of the club. In the meantime, Chelsea are still in a degree of limbo and unable to make summer plans, but Tuchel believes long term plans are a privilege few get in football anyway. “You need to be careful with long-term plans at Chelsea; you can end up that it’s not your plan any more,” Tuchel said ahead of the trip to Leeds. “So a long-term plan is two or three matches – that’s how you maybe live a long-term plan. “That’s more important than making it. It’s high-level sport, we are judged on a weekly basis.

“We depend on results, on the atmosphere we create and that we live up to it.

Todd Boehly - new Chelsea part-owner

Todd Boehly – new Chelsea part-owner

“For this you need your energy, your focus. You need to love where you are. “I can just say for me: everything is here. That’s why I dig in in situations like this and try to come out with my team, my staff and my players. “There’s no other way. We’re still in a very, very privileged position in the table and things are a bit more uncomfortable. “Things are for a long time now where you wish sometimes ‘can we not just have a positive message now for everybody’. “A lift. But OK if you don’t get it, you don’t get it. Just put your head down and go through it. “It’s like in a football match sometimes that you have to suffer, suffer, suffer. “The plan is to win games, to take care about the atmosphere and the work ethic, which we have. Then hopefully it lasts for a long time.”

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