Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has supported the UK Government’s decision to sanction Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK Government yesterday after it was reported that the 55-year-old has ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Reacting to the situation at Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp said: “Thomas [Tuchel] and I know each other but we are not that close that we chat around the games yes but not in other moments.
“For him and the players and all the employees at Chelsea, it’s not something they are responsible for what is happening around them.
“One man is really responsible and that’s Vladimir Putin.
“I don’t know about Roman Abramovich’s role in these kinds of things but over the years you could guess maybe he is pretty close.
“I think what the British government did was right to be 100 per cent honest but it is still not cool for all the people at Chelsea and the supporters, I get that but I think the things the government did was right.”
Chelsea in deep trouble
The sanctions have put a great dent in Chelsea’s long-term and short-term goals, with important players like Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger, set to leave the club. The Blues are now banned from offering new contracts to players or staff, conducting any official transfer business, selling new tickets to any games for any of their teams, including the women’s team and the junior teams, selling merchandise to fans, no stadium redevelopment, spending over 500,000 pounds on security and stewarding per home match and over 20,000 pounds as expenses in away games.
Chelsea boss Tuchel has admitted he had doubts over how his players would react given the uncertainty around the club.
“It would be a lie if I said we I had no doubts but I also had a lot of trust,” Tuchel told BBC Match of the Day after the Blues’ 3-1 win over Norwich at Carrow Road on Thursday night.
“In difficult circumstances, we produced a lot of results and good performances so we can trust in our mentality and the culture in the club. We allowed ourselves to focus on the football.”