After Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the European Union as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UEFA determined that Chelsea were unable to sell tickets for the future Champions League games until the takeover.
Reporters broke the news to Thomas Tuchel after the Blues secured a place in the quarter-finals.
“Thanks for ruining my evening!” the boss reacted, as per the Evening Standard. “I was in such a good mood, can we speak about it when it’s confirmed?
“Let’s wait for the confirmation of the confirmation. Let’s see, today I’m happy that we are in the last eight.
“There were a lot of things to overcome, so I’m so happy and so proud. So let’s see.
“It’s the first thing I hear now. In three days we play Middlesbrough in the cup, then we have the national break, and then I’ll think about a good answer.”
The first leg of the quarter-final will take place on April 5-6 while the return leg will be scheduled for April 12-13.
It is unclear whether Chelsea will have new owners by that point – or if the club will appeal to lift that restriction in time for the game.
Arsenal ‘initiate first contact’ over potential move for Eden Hazard
Arsenal have ‘initiated the first contact’ with Real Madrid over the potential move for Eden Hazard, according to Foot Mercato.
Mikel Arteta is said to be keen to add the Belgian’s experience to the Gunners’ attacking line ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.
The 31-year-old’s future in Spain is in doubt after yet another difficult season for Madrid, scoring just one goal and providing two assists across 22 games.
Hazard, who left Chelsea for Spain in 2019 for €115 million, was also linked with a return to Stamford Bridge back in January.
It seemed unlikely then and looks even less possible now given the uncertainty surrounding the Blues.