Thomas Tuchel insists he’s ‘never afraid of change’ as Roman Abramovich decides to sell Chelsea

The German insisted he would deal with the fallout from the Russian oligarch’s departure – but added the club needed to clarify the situation to their players.

Abramovich announced he would end his 19-year ownership of the European champions just before their FA Cup fifth round tie with Luton, which Chelsea won 3-2.

Tuchel said: “I’m not so worried because I always feel privileged and I hope and trust for the best. I’m not so much a person who worries about things I can’t influence.

“It’s big news, it will be a big change, but I’m never afraid of change and I will focus on what I can influence, which is the team and my job at Cobham.

“I don’t think I need to talk to the players about it. I am not the CEO. I’m not a board member and I’m sure the club will talk to us and the players.

“I’m pretty sure someone from the board will speak to us to clarify the situation.

“It’s a little too early for me to talk. It’s big news, but I can only think of Chelsea with Roman Abramovich. It’s very hard for me, I haven’t understood yet, it’s a huge change.

Tuchel said his team and his team were aware of the speculation throughout the day, but this confirmation came late.

He added: “Maybe I heard it a bit earlier than you, but still very close to kick-off.

“We’ve heard the rumors all day, we’ve seen them on TV, when we have team meetings and eat together, everyone talks about it – that’s big news.

“We don’t live on an island, players have internet – some are more worried.

“Playing the same day a match where concentration is absolutely essential is not so easy and makes for a greater performance.”

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