Thomas Tuchel refused to condemn the formation of a European Super League and is adamant he trusts Chelsea to “make the right decisions” as he called for all parties to remain calm.
Chelsea were confirmed as one of 12 founder clubs of a new semi-closed competition on Sunday, with The Super League – as it has been dubbed – attracting widespread criticism.
UEFA, in a statement co-signed by the national associations of England, Spain, Italy and those countries’ respective top leagues, vowed to ban players and teams from other competitions if they become involved in the Super League.
It remains to be seen if UEFA and the domestic leagues have the power to stop the Super League, but Tuchel cut a relaxed figure amid the hysteria as he addressed the media on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion.
He told reporters: “I’ve known since yesterday, but I am here to be in the hardest competitions, it’s why I came here, to play the toughest competitions in Europe.
“As you know, I don’t get into the subjects around us. I was hoping to talk about Man City and Brighton but it’s not the case.
“I am part of this club and I trust this club to make the right decisions. I think it’s too early to judge everything and it’s not my part.
“On my badge it says that everyone has to play their role. My role is to coach, be focused, and we’ve another game tomorrow.
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“There are a lot of comments, arguments and opinions out there and I don’t want to get involved in it because I don’t know the details. I’ve known the general details since yesterday.”
Regarding the opinions of players and staff, Tuchel added: “If I had a clear opinion right now I wouldn’t mention it – it’s too early to judge it and there are way too many opinions out there.
“I trust this club and my job is very clear. I am maybe not the right person to ask this of. I understand why there are many emotional reactions out there, but I don’t know enough about it.
“The players were not involved in the decision making, I wasn’t involved. Maybe it’s a good thing to step back and not give our opinions about this. It’s between the clubs and it’s important to fight for the goals we still have this season.”
UEFA has made its position on the Super League crystal clear regarding the potential exclusions of teams.
Whether it is able to enforce such decisions is another matter, but Tuchel hopes all parties can calm down as they look to find solutions.
Asked if he was worried about potential punishment impacting Chelsea’s season, Tuchel said: “There was not too much time to get worried. Clearly, I hope not.
“Everyone wishes for a calm atmosphere and situation to have full focus. Do we have it, maybe not but it’s clearly our choice if we get influenced, read too much about it, get lost in sports politics.
“We are involved in this club to play our role and make our challenge happen at the highest level. This is what I am here for. Nobody expects anything else from me, except for maybe you guys in the next few days.
“Nothing will change between me and the team. Sometimes in the middle of the storm is the calmest. Let’s hope it is like this and I don’t want to enter in this as it may sound like an excuse.”
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