Today, Chelsea released a statement on the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The short but carefully-worded message expressed the club’s wish for peace.
Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea, agrees with the statement.
“Absolutely, it includes him,” the head coach told Sky Sports ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool. “It reflects my opinion and everybody else’s opinion in the club.”
At the same time, Abramovich has declared his decision to step away, handing over stewardship and care of the club to its charitable foundation.
“I think it will change nothing for me on a daily basis as I understand it,” Tuchel added after the game.
“I am in close contact with [director] Marina [Granovskaia] and Petr Cech to run the first team and to give my input and take care of this and give my very best to win football matches.
“This will not change and I don’t think it will change with the news yesterday.”
Despite what’s happened in the past few days, Abramovich remains the owner of the Chelsea Football Club and he’s likely to remain under pressure in the UK for his alleged close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.