Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel supported the decision to move the UEFA Champions League final to France from Russia after labelling it as the ‘absolutely worse reason’ for having to move a final.
“Yes (it is the right thing to do),” replied Tuchel on moving the UEFA Champions League final on Friday afternoon.
“Sadly I think it is the worst reason to change a location, the absolutely worse reason. We feel horrible about it in general. It clouds our minds and our focus of course. We can absolutely understand the decision. In the moment we don’t think so much about it.
“It’s nice that you mention it, it’s nice that it was like this (changing location) the last two times because of Corona. We already thought it wasn’t good news because of Corona but this is even worse news. There are things more important. The focus from us in general, sporting and globally speaking is at the moment not at the final.”
UEFA has moved the venue for the Champions League final of the 2021/22 season to Stade de France in Saint-Denis in France. UEFA notified about the change in the new statement they issued earlier today following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Chelsea who are the current European champion have had a great run in the UEFA Champions League so far as they look to defend their title. The Blues registered a good 2-0 win over Lille at home, and it should be enough for the Chelsea side to advance to the next stage.
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Tuchel on Chelsea’s preparation for Sunday’s final
Tuchel admits he hasn’t decided yet what his final words for the Chelsea players are but feels that comes second in importance to the work they do every day.
“It’s not decided yet but you hear me say a lot of times that we take care about the daily process,’ said Tuchel. ‘I don’t think that you take care of the final on the day before the final or on the day of the final.
“You take care of the final on a daily basis before, when nobody thinks about the final because this is what brings you there. Then the closer you get, the more routine, the more behaviours, the more principles must be installed that you can trust yourself and that you can be free because, in the end, the tension is growing.
“We try to give less information, we try to trust them and trust in ourselves. For me, this is not the moment to do crazy things, crazy talks, but even that changes from occasion to occasion, from feeling to feeling. It depends how you feel your team, what was the approach to the final and the opponent.“
Chelsea will be at Wembley on Sunday for their fourth cup final since Thomas Tuchel became head coach in January last year.
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