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Thomas Tuchel slams to questions from Ukraine: “Stop… I’m not a politician!”

The Chelsea manager spoke honestly about his concerns over the crisis in Ukraine – and reiterated those sentiments ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round draw with Luton.

But when asked about Abramovich, who the spokesman confirmed was trying to help the peace talks, Tuchel insisted he wouldn’t answer any further questions.

The German said, “Listen, listen, listen, you have to stop. I am not a politician. You have to stop.

“Honestly. I can only repeat it. And I even feel bad to repeat it because I have never known war.

“So even to talk about it, I feel bad, because I’m very privileged. I’m sitting here in peace and I’m doing the best I can, but you have to stop asking me these questions. I don’t have answers for you.

Speaking earlier, Tuchel spoke about his attempts to shield the players from outside distractions.

He said, “You decide to ask me about the war and how often should I say it? It’s horrible. It’s horrible. There can be no other opinion on this. That’s it.

“But why should we be more distracted than you at work?” That’s what I meant when I said it in the first place. It’s out there and we know there are more important things out there. This will never change. It’s sport, but there’s a lot more important stuff there.

“There’s a huge distraction and we’re worried, but we’re still trying to create an atmosphere to come to work and focus on our job, which is our passion.

“We are very, very grateful and privileged to have him. It’s not that big of a deal. [from a work perspective] but everyone in Europe, more or less, has noise in their heads that nobody likes.

Tuchel and Chelsea also face uncertainty surrounding the European champions race after Abramovich decided to hand over stewardship to trustees of the club’s charitable foundation.

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There are serious concerns about the legality of such a move, with the Charity Commission reviewing the proposed transfer after receiving a serious incident report from the trustees.

Tuchel believes his own working role will remain unchanged – but appeared uneasy when asked to send a message to worried fans.

“I think, for me as a coach and manager of the first team, this decision doesn’t change the day-to-day business too much,” he said. “Because I am in the daily exchange with Petr Cech and a very regular exchange with Marina [Granovskaia], on how to improve the first team. And it won’t stop because they stay in charge. So on a daily basis it won’t change too much for me.

We all agree that there are much, much more important situations than football, that will never change.

“I’m not sure I’m the person who should be giving messages to fans about anything other than sports. We try to be calm here, I’m calm and we’re calm in the center of a storm or a noise around us, which we cannot control and for which we are not responsible.

“At the end of the day, it’s best to stay calm and focus on what we love and do. It’s sport. I think we have the right to focus on sport, the players have the right to be focused and that’s what we can tell the fans.

On Abramovich’s ownership in light of Russia’s invasion, he added, “I have to say that’s a little too much for me to answer. I don’t know any details and I’m not aware of the whole situation.

“We all agree that there are much, much more important situations than football, that will never change. And situations like war are of course so much more important. is not my place to comment, because I just don’t know enough about it.


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