Thomas Tuchel took Chelsea to within touching distance of Carabao Cup glory, and after the game attention turned to comments made by the club’s owner on the eve of the final
Thomas Tuchel does not expect his responsibilities at Stamford Bridge to change, despite owner Roman Abramovich announcing his intention to hand stewardship and care of the club to its charitable foundation.
Abramovich put out his statement on Saturday, on the eve of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Liverpool, and by the time the game at Wembley got underway the trustees of the foundation were understood to have a number of questions which required resolving.
Legal experts have had their say on the developments, while pundits have asked questions of Abramovich regarding the words used in his statement.
Tuchel was also quizzed on the matter after the Blues’ defeat, and expressed his confidence that things are unlikely to change for him in a day-to-day sense.
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“I think it will change nothing for me on a daily basis as I understand it,” Tuchel told the media after the game.
“I am in close contact with [director] Marina [Granovskaia] and Petr Cech to run the first team and to give my input and take care of this and give my very best to win football matches.
“This will not change and I don’t think it will change with the news yesterday.”
Abramovich had said in his statement: “During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.
“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values.
“That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.
“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the club, players, staff, and fans.”
Tuchel’s comments come after pundit Micah Richards hit out at Abramovich’s statement on Sky Sports on Saturday night, while Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher also voiced their criticism of the statement over the weekend.
“We need more than that don’t we?” asked former England defender Richards.
“After the last couple of days and just say you’re handing it over to charity, I think it’s poor.
“There’s so many questions to be asked, to come out with a statement just like that. What does it even mean?
“It’s almost written in code, we don’t want to tell you what’s happening, here you go read this and pick the bones and figure out what it means.”