Kai Havertz has offered to cover Chelsea’s travel expenses for Saturday’s FA Cup match against Middlesbrough.
The club can spend up to £20,000 ($26,000) on travel to and from games as a result of the UK government’s sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
The players may not be able to afford a flight to Saturday’s match against the Championship side, forcing them to take the bus instead.
If the scenario continues to impair the club’s travel plans, Kai Havertz has offered to contribute money from his own pocket to help the club meet its obligations.
“That’s not a problem; I’ll pay.” For us, I don’t think that’s a huge thing “At a press conference ahead of his team’s Champions League match against Lille, he remarked.
“The most essential thing for us is to attend the games.
“I believe there are much more difficult situations and things in the world right now than taking a bus or aircraft to an away game.
“No problem, I’ll pay it.”
Chelsea’s travel woes elicit a response from Tuchel.
Coach Thomas Tuchel stated ahead of the second leg of Chelsea’s last-16 clash in France that the club’s budget restrictions will be a challenge.
He does acknowledge, though, that the squad must adapt to the scenario as best they can, saying: “There are limitations, and we must work around them.
“There are changes in the number of employees, who travels, how many hotel rooms we have, and how we arrive at matches.
“It’s not about opulence and bling. This is simply a professional level of sport, when we play two days between matches while our opponents play four days, and we arrive with the possibility of injury.
“It is preferable to arrive by airline rather than bus in this case. We make an effort to do so. According to my understanding, we have a plan in place to play in Lille with no excuses.”
“It is already more difficult to organize things on a professional level, in the best possible way, for the FA Cup in this regard. But we’ll take care of it.”
“We will remain competitive and work hard for our success as long as we have clothes and are alive as a team.”
“We owe it to those who, despite their anonymity, support us. Of course, we’re in the spotlight, and it’s our job to make the most of it. We’ll make it happen.”