Thomas Tuchel masterminded a 2-1 win over Lille on Wednesday night, beating the Ligue 1 side 4-1 on aggregate to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League
Thomas Tuchel announced his evening has been “ruined” after learning of the latest sanctions facing Chelsea.
The German manager masterminded a 2-1 win over Lille on Wednesday night, with the Blues beating the Ligue 1 side 4-1 on aggregate to progress to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.
UEFA has banned Chelsea from selling tickets for the Champions League quarter-final – their opponents are yet to be drawn – as part of the sanctions the club has been hit with on behalf of owner Roman Abramovich.
Tuchel has done his best to avoid questions on the topic of Abramovich in recent weeks but was told Chelsea supporters will not be able to purchase tickets for their upcoming European clash on Wednesday night, shortly after the win over Lille. And it’s safe to say the German was not happy with the news as he announced: “Thanks for ruining my evening.”
Tuchel was happy with the performance from his Chelsea side who came from behind in France to win both ties. He told the press: “Brilliant, brilliant, and so nice that so many fans are here to support the team. We are again in the quarter-finals, it is a big step, we showed resilience and mentality. We overcame difficulties, dug in and got a deserved win.
“Chelsea has this kind of culture within the club. What I found from day one is this football-first mentality. Everyone pushes the first team to the limit, everyone is focused on football, and football first. This is the culture. This culture helps us now to focus when times are difficult and distracting because it is already there. Of course, I feel part of this, but I am also just a part.
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“We were not so good in the first half, not so fluid. The pitch was horrible by the way, a brand new pitch but not ready to play on. The tactics were not right in the first 20 minutes – I take responsibility for that . It was very important to calm everyone down. We were a bit lucky with the post.
“The club has a mentality that sharpens the attitude and the mind of the players. It is normal to focus and that makes it possible even during difficult times. We expect to carry on. We were here today, we want to compete. It is a huge step to again be in the last eight. We are excited for the draw now and then we have a game in Middlesbrough. “
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