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‘I’ll drive the seven-seater bus’ – Thomas Tuchel says he’ll get Chelsea players to Lille for Champions League tie by any means necessary as Roman Abramovich sanctions limit travel spending


Thomas Tuchel is ready to do whatever it takes to be in France for Chelsea’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Wednesday.

The Blues manager was discussing the UK government’s sanctions on Russian owner Roman Abramovich, which have limited the amount of money the club can spend, including travel for away games as well as delaying his project club sale.

Tuchel stays at Chelsea to accompany them until the end of the season
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'I'll drive the seven-seater bus' - Thomas Tuchel says he'll get Chelsea players to Lille for Champions League tie by any means necessary as Roman Abramovich sanctions limit travel spending
Next up for Chelsea is Lille in the Champions League where they lead 2-0 from the first leg
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Chelsea are 2-0 on aggregate and the manager says he will fly, train or drive to the game and defend the trophy they won last season.

“My latest information is that we have a plane, we can fly in and fly back,” Tuchel said after his side’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.

“Otherwise we go by train, otherwise we go by bus – otherwise, I will drive a seven-seater! And I will. Note my words that I will do; I will make it.

“If you had asked me 20 or 30 years ago if I would join a Champions League game on the sidelines and what I was ready to do, I would have said: ‘OK, when do I have to be where? ?

“And why should that change? I will be there, we will be there.

“Of course, at the organizational level, there are ongoing negotiations and discussions, but that does not influence me.


'I'll drive the seven-seater bus' - Thomas Tuchel says he'll get Chelsea players to Lille for Champions League tie by any means necessary as Roman Abramovich sanctions limit travel spending
The Chelsea manager now plans to bring his players to France by any means necessary
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“We have brilliant guys organizing the trips, and in every department we have such committed people that at the moment things seem normal.

“I think that practically things have changed more for the guys who organized the trip to Lille, for example, because they had to understand how we get there.

“But in the end I get the information so for me personally when I come into the building, actually nothing has changed so far.

“We do our meetings, we prepare for training, we talk to the doctors, to the fitness department, talk to the players and do the best training possible.

“And we demand that of everyone, because that’s what makes Chelsea special, and Chelsea a top club.”

Tuchel also reaffirmed his commitment to the Premier League side, saying he will be there at least until the end of the season as everyone at the club is working day to day until the sale can be made. be agreed.

One of the men linked to buying the club from Abramovich has said he will give a fan a seat on the board if he succeeds in acquiring the team he has supported since he was a child.

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