Thomas Tuchel has revealed Chelsea’s first team players and staff have paid for academy players and their parents to attend the FA Cup final, because of sanctions on the club.

The Blues traditionally buy tickets for their youth teams and staff ahead of trips to Wembley, but that hasn’t been possible this year.

Sanctions on Abramovich have limited the club’s spending

AFP

Sanctions on Abramovich have limited the club’s spending

Tuchel and his staff have stepped in to make sure some traditions are kept

Getty

Tuchel and his staff have stepped in to make sure some traditions are kept

Sanctions placed on departing Roman Abramovich by the UK Government have seen the billionaire’s assets frozen as part of the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This has vastly limited spending at Stamford Bridge, leaving it up to the first team staff to lend a hand for the travelling youngsters.

Asked if that was the case, Tuchel said: “That’s what we did. It’s a big competition, and it’s one club. 

“Normally the club would buy these tickets and provide them for the parents and players of the academy. So we stepped in and bought the tickets for them.”

Chelsea will take on Liverpool at Wembley – a match that is live on talkSPORT – for the second time in four months after their Carabao Cup loss to the Reds in February.

The game comes amid the backdrop of lasting ownership uncertainty, which appears close to its end with US businessman Todd Boehly agreeing to purchase the club.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel with Boehly on his way in

AFP

There’s light at the end of the tunnel with Boehly on his way in

Tuchel doesn’t want the youth teams left short at Wembley

Tuchel doesn’t want the youth teams left short at Wembley

The sanctions imposed on the club have already resulted in the departure of star defender Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid.

Speaking of his departure, Tuchel said: “I don’t think anybody likes it. He gives everybody confidence in the dressing room. 

“He is a unique character and plays on an outstanding level. He sometimes takes the focus towards him, he loves responsibility.

“Nobody likes this decision but we have to accept it. Like it or not there will be life at Chelsea after Toni. It is also the most important thing for us that it ends like it started, on the highest level.”

Bet Of The Weekend

Sky Bet: Man City, Aston Villa & Leicester all to win – boosted to 5/1 (from 4/1)

BET HERE

18+. T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org.

Source

Previous articleLuton 1 Huddersfield 1 LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news as Kenilworth Road ERUPTS as Bradley equalises – updates
Next articleJude Bellingham confirms transfer decision amid Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool links