Chelsea football club was one of the 6 Premier League clubs that signed up for the controversial European Super League. After much pressure from the club’s fans, the Premier League club decided to bow from the plan.
Just like other clubs, Chelsea released a press statement to apologize to the club’s supporters for the club’s decision to join the proposed league.
During the press conference ahead of Chelsea league game against West Ham United scheduled to take place at 17:30 on Saturday, April 24, Thomas Tuchel said whatever happened at the club during the European Super League saga lived in the past.
Recall that at the height of the European Super League saga on Tuesday, April 20, some Chelsea fans stormed Stamford Bridge to protest against the club during the club’s league match against Brighton which ended 0-0.
While Chelsea’s fans might be happy that the club’s owner, Roman Abraham apologized to them, Thomas Tuchel stressed that it was his job to adapt to the circumstances at the club.
He said: “There’s no need to apologize to me directly, my job is to adapt to the circumstances. And were we distracted? Yeah clearly.
“Me personally I arrived in a state of mind on Tuesday at the stadium that was not the mindset that I normally arrive in, for a match.
“But that’s already in the past, and as I said, I don’t think they need to apologize to me.
“I had so much information that until the day of the match and after the match, I gave myself the luxury of not reading or watching any news about anything.
“The thing [Super League] is off and the situation is now clear and that helps me as a coach to allow me to prepare for an important match.
“I have had enough pre-match and post-match questions about it and now it does not even exist, so I am happy to move on.”
Super League: Solskjaer is happy with fans reaction
Meanwhile, Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was never in support of the proposed European Super League and expressed his excitement that football fans voiced out against the proposed league.
Manchester United was one of the 12 top European clubs that signed up for the failed European Super League. They had to withdraw from the proposed league due to pressure from football fans across the world.
In reaction to the role football fans played during the saga, Solskjaer said: “I’m very happy that the fans have voiced their opinion and that we’ve listened to them.
“Strangely it’s brought the football pyramid or community together and I think that’s important and I’m very happy.
“I’m a supporter myself, and there’ll be a day that I’ll come back and watch Man United and I want to watch a team even with a fear of failure.
“That’s what I thought about it. I didn’t like the concept anyway because it has to be on sporting merit. I want to earn the right to play in Europe.”