Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz says everyone appreciates the work of manager Thomas Tuchel with the club’s future in flux.
Tuchel has been the face of the club after it was seized by the UK government from owner Roman Abramovich, placing all employees in jeopardy.
Havertz told BILD: “Tuchel is currently even more challenged than he already is. Many people in our club and its environment draw their strength from what Thomas Tuchel says. It is remarkable how he and all the staff are coping with the current situation.
“I imagine it’s very difficult, especially since I experienced it myself before the Champions League game against Lille. At the press conference, of the ten questions asked, almost all revolved around Roman Abramovich and the war. Of course, I can understand that. But then we, the players, are expected to give answers that no one can give right now, not even politicians.
“That’s why the coach has my utmost respect for how he handles that responsibility both internally and from a public point of view. We all try to focus on the games, we can’t influence anything else.
“For us, the first priority is that the war is stopped and that there is finally peace in Ukraine.”
Chelsea ‘were’ favourites to sign Monaco midfielder Tchouameni
Chelsea were favourites to sign AS Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni before the club was seized by the UK government from owner Roman Abramovich.
A range of top clubs have stated their interest in signing the youngster, who is considered one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in French football.
Chelsea were one of the interested parties at one point, with Thomas Tuchel having been keen to boost his midfield options.
But Marca says while the Blues were ‘best-placed’ to sign Tchouameni, they have dropped out of contention in recent weeks, due to the off-field crisis engulfing the Premier League giants.
Owner Roman Abramovich was added to the UK government sanctions list, with Chelsea banned from signing players as a result. Those restricitions has ‘paralyzed all movement’ at the club and means that Stamford Bridge is considered to be a ‘discarded destination’.