Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has expressed sadnesss over the news regarding his former club Chelsea as they face an uncertain future.
Conte, who spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League and the FA Cup during his stay understands it’s not an easy situation for anyone involved at Chelsea.
Conte said, “Honestly I have just listened to this situation. This morning we had a training session. Is not easy, is not easy.
“Honestly, it’s a pity, also because I was coach in this club, in Chelsea, I enjoyed two seasons.
“Also, I won two titles, I worked in this club. It’s a pity to listen to this situation, it’s not simple for the players, it’s not simple for Thomas Tuchel, for the fans, for the whole environment, Chelsea environment.
“I for one hope the best, for this club, because I worked in this club, I enjoyed the two seasons.
“For sure, I love the team, the club, that I worked in, in the past. Every team that worked in the past. I hope for the best for them.”
In another statement, Conte was heard saying: “I repeat, it’s very sad that this serious situation, this war between Russia and Ukraine, is affecting football and the sporting [world],” Tottenham coach Antonio Conte told a press conference.
“To know that Russia athletes are banned from competition is very sad. I think it’s not fair. I know very well the work that they do every day for this competition.
“You have to pay for this situation, I think it’s not right. Honestly, I hoped the situation is going to be solved, because it’s creating a lot of damage. We’re in 2022 and to see this is horrible for everybody.”
After Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine, Russian athletes and teams have been banned from almost all international competitions, regardless of their political stance.
FIFA and UEFA held their fire but after several European countries refused to play any games against Russia in the nearest future, they had to ban them from the World Cup qualification too, as well as the Russian clubs from the European competitions.