Tuchel ‘trusts’ Chelsea and refuses to condemn Super League plans

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea at Leeds

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says “I trust my club to make the right decisions” after he was quizzed about his side’s involvement in the European Super League.

English football was rocked on Sunday with news emerging of plans to implement a new European Super League. Twelve of Europe’s biggest clubs have signed up to the new proposal, which would involve forming their own competition to rival the Champions League. Those plans involve six Premier League clubs, including Chelsea. They are joined by Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and the more hesitant, Manchester City.

The news has united the football world in condemnation of the idea. Gary Neville led the charge on Sunday with a rousing speech on Sky Sports, claiming the clubs involved should be relegated from the Premier League.

Sky Sports have also tweaked their Monday Night Football guests, with Neville drafted in to replace Robbie Fowler.

Despite the outcry, Tuchel claims he was only told of the news on Sunday, and was very cautious not to speak negatively of the plans.

“I have known about it since yesterday,” Tuchel said, who is understood to be talking over a new contract.

“But, I am here to be in the hardest competition, that is why I came here, this is what I love – to play in the hardest competitions in Europe. That’s what I am at Chelsea.

“As you know, I do not get too involved with the subjects around us, I am a bit sad that the subjects are there now as I was hoping to talk about the Man City game or, more importantly, the Brighton game.

“This is clearly not the case today but as you know, I am part of this club, I trust my club to make the right decisions. I think it is too early to judge everything and it is not my part.

“On my badge at Chelsea it says I have to play my role, everyone has to play their role and mine is to be a coach and to be focused. We have an important game coming up,” said Tuchel, whose side face Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

“There are a lot of comments, arguments and opinions out there and I absolutely do not want to get involved in them. I don’t know the details.

“I have known the general situation since yesterday like I said, but I have to play my role and I trust my club.

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Too early for judgements

“I haven’t seen the players yet, we will train later today as we play a late game tomorrow so we have decided to push the schedule back to give them more time for the recovery process after Man City and that is pretty much it.

“The best thing is to stay calm, try to focus on our match, which is maybe now a little more different than what it was before.”

Asked if he thought the proposals would go ahead, he added: “If I had a clear opinion right now then I wouldn’t mention it, it is too early. There are way too many things out there.

“Let’s be honest, I trust this club and my job is very clear, I am not the right person to ask. I can understand you are curious and there are some emotional reactions that I can understand but I honestly don’t know enough.

“I was clearly not involved, players were not involved in the decision making. Maybe it is a good time to step back, not give our opinion and lose our heads about it. We have to make sure we girth for the goals we still have this season which is my job.”

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