Ahead of the Champions League match, the defending champions have been going through turmoil following the UK government’s sanction on Roman Abromovich the Russian Owner of Chelsea Football Club, due to the Russia Ukraine war. The sanction meant the club will have a limited budget to travel and Tuchel has spoken about the reduced budget. According to the new rules, the UK Government has limited the Chelsea Football Club’s spending to 20,000 pounds while travelling to away matches, the UK Government has limited the club spending to a maximum of 500,000 pounds ($657,000) on each match at Stamford Bridge, including on security and catering.
Following the 1-0 hard-fought victory over Newcastle on Sunday, Chelsea will next travel to Lille to take part in the Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg.
Ahead of the Chelsea vs Lille UCL match Tuchel said: “I think practically what’s changed is more for the guys who for example organised the journey to Lille because they had to figure out how we were arriving there. My last information was that we are getting a plane. So we can go by plane and come back by plane. If not, we’ll go by train. If not, we’ll go by bus. If not, I’ll drive a seven-seater!
He further added “Honestly, I will do it. You can mark my words, I will do it to arrive there. If you’d asked me 20 or 30 years ago, to be in charge of a Champions League match what I was willing to do, I’d say: ‘Ok, where do I have to be and when?’ Why should this change? I will be there and we will be there. Of course, organisation wise, there are some negotiations going on and talks, but it doesn’t influence me.”