Thomas Tuchel said his day was ruined after Chelsea knocked out Lille, this is why

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The manager of Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel said his day was ruined after he realized that the club would not be able to sell tickets for their home games in the UEFA Champions League campaign this season.

The German tactician got to know about this during the post-match press conference after Chelsea defeated Lille 2-1 in France to qualify for the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Recall that Chelsea defeated Lille 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 at Stamford Bridge. On Wednesday, March 16, Chelsea visited France for the second leg of the campaign and ran away with a 2-1 victory. Based on the home and away victories, Chelsea qualified for the next round of the tournament 4-1 on aggregate.

Thomas Tuchel and his boys recorded the second leg victory amid sanctions against the club’s owner Roman Abramovich by the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union.

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The UK and the EU had to sanction Abramovich because of his ties with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin who authorized the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Fortunately for Chelsea, the sanction did not prevent them from honoring their home and away games. But they can not sell match tickets and their merchandise until further notice.

However, those who have already bought match tickets from the club before the sanction on Abramovich are permitted to use their tickets as planned.

Initially, the sanction on the Russian billionaire only prevented Chelsea from selling match tickets for domestic competitions. But the EU sanction against Abramovich means that Chelsea will not be able to sell match tickets for their European games.

According to a report by Sky Sports, Chelsea might have to play their Champions League home games behind closed doors since the club is not permitted to sell match tickets.

After Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille on Wednesday, reporters raised the issue in the post-match press conference and coach Thomas Tuchel said: “Thanks for ruining my evening.”

Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea have a “football first” mentality

Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea's captain César Azpilicueta.
Coach Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea’s captain César Azpilicueta.

Since Russia’s president Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Chelsea have been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons.

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It is believed that the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich has ties with Putin, hence, the Russian billionaire had to lose all his investment in the UK including Chelsea.

For Chelsea to remain in business without Abramovich, the UK government gave Chelsea a special license which came with a lot of limitations. Despite that, Chelsea have continued to perform very well in all the competitions they are still involved in.

Since Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government, Thomas Tuchel and his boys have won all their games including the 2-1 win over Lille on Wednesday.

“Brilliant, brilliant and so nice so many fans are here to support the team,” Thomas Tuchel told BT Sport after knocking out Lille on Wednesday. “We’re in the quarter-finals, it’s a big step and we showed again resilience and mentality, and overcame difficulties. We did what was necessary, dug in, and got a deserved win. It’s difficult here [at Lille], well done to the team.

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“Chelsea has this kind of culture within the club and the building where we work every day. What I found from day one is this football-first mentality. Everybody pushes the first team every three days to the limit and is focused on football first.”

Chelsea’s next game is an FA Cup quarter-final game against Middlesbrough. The match is scheduled to kick off at 18:15 on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

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