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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel blames himself for Arsenal loss and 'saw it coming in training'

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel claims he takes full responsibility for the defeat to Arsenal and insists he should not have made so many changes to his team ahead of the FA Cup final. The Blues fielded a rotated side for the visit of the Gunners to minimise risk of fatigue before this weekend’s clash with Leicester at Wembley, a decision the German has been left to rue after the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel questioned his own decision-making and admitted that he got his team selection wrong tonight, halting his side’s momentum following their impressive 2-1 win at Manchester City and Champions League semi-final triumph over Real Madrid.

Emile Smith Rowe struck the winner for the visitors in the first half following a comical mix-up at the back between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Jorginho.

It was an uncharacteristic and calamitous defensive error from the usually solid Blues and Tuchel intriguingly hinted that yesterday’s training session pointed towards a potential dip in performance levels.

“It wasn’t solely because of the changes, I felt it coming a bit yesterday [in training],” he told Sky Sports.

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Tuchel then continued to confess his guilt over his team selection, which has left Chelsea with plenty of work to do in the final two games of the season against Leicester and Aston Villa.

“I’m not happy with my line up,” he added.

“It’s easy to say after the game but there were too many changes. We should not have done it like this.”

He then once again cryptically eluded to something happening on the training ground that has left him with a feeling of regret.

“It is something in particular but I don’t want to say,” he concluded.

It was a theme that also dominated Tuchel’s interview with BBC Match of the Day.

He told them: “I’m a bit angry that we had so many changes, that’s on me, not so happy in the end with the line-up, but I didn’t know what would happen, I didn’t feel us today like I normally do and we can’t expect to win games if we’re not 100 percent in games.

“We didn’t have a shot for almost the whole second half, then we had a big one, maybe we deserved this today, we learn something.

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Premier League talking points: Man Utd board's benchmarks, Tuchel v Pep, Arsenal vacuum

Matthew Dunn addresses the only real talking point to come out of the Premier League this weekend – satisfied United need to set bar higher; PL fixture farce; Chelsea boss has Guardiola’s number.
RAISE A GLASS BUT RAISE THE BAR TOO

CONGRATULATIONS to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for cementing a top four place and remaining in the title race for longer than any of Manchester City’s other challengers.

But the bad news is that such empty praise will simply not be enough next season as the United board expect some repayment for the faith they have shown.

Genuine title contenders next season right down the wire and the Champions League quarter-finals are the minimum benchmarks for the United manager next season and the next four games are going to show how close United are to achieving that.

He has his detractors, but Harry Maguire is going to be a big miss if that boot is as serious as it looks and United have to show they are solid enough without him.

Interestingly, though, United have conceded just one goal in the five games in which Maguire has not featured so it is time for that much-maligned defence to step up again.

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GAMES SCHEDULING MORE THICK THAN FAST

JUST when we seem ready to breathe a sigh of relief at getting through another difficult season through brilliant management and common sense, the Premier League cannot help but score one last own goal.

Managers grumble – that’s a given. But it is a truth universally acknowledged that asking teams to play every other day is a step too far.

No wonder Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to weaken his team when asked to play Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday.

The trouble is, their opponents Leicester and Liverpool are locking in a European qualification race. And in circumstances when ‘integrity of the competition’ is a phrase always looming in the background, it is a shame the Premier League have let themselves down by creating such an unnecessary problem.

With fixtures already being moved around wholesale to let fans in, this situation should have been avoided. No wonder David Moyes at West Ham is so frustrated.

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GUARDIOLA NOT TUCHEL FOR A SCHOOLING

THIS is not a rehearsal! THIS is not a rehearsal! Hopefully, for all the changes, a few alarm bells were ringing at the Etihad on Saturday.

It is just over four months since Pep Guardiola took a City squad ravaged by coronavirus to Stamford Bridge and was 3-0 up within 34 minutes.

So the fact that Thomas Tuchel found a way to make it two wins out of two against Guardiola since taking over is significant even if City had made nine changes from their usual Champions League outfit.

It is the measure of the new Chelsea manager that he seems capable of finding a way to beat anything in front of him and as Real Madrid found to their cost, City will have to be at full strength and firing on all cylinders come May 29.

WEST HAM NEED EXTRA RICE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MEAL TICKET

THERE is still a shudder at the memory of a presentation in Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford about the future of West Ham United after their move to their new stadium.

Top of the list of ‘visions’ for the club was the simple statement, ‘Regular Champions League football’.

Even the miracle of this season looks to have left them short of achieving that holy grail even for the first time, but perhaps worse for the club would have been for them to finish in the top four and think that they had cracked it.

As has been shown in recent games, West Ham do not have the squad to mount a season-long assault on the very top of the table.

The owners should focus on unearthing, or creating, a few more Declan Rices to bolster their squad rather than having to rely on just the one.

At least if Moyes does still nick European qualification it will give the club a reality check on the playing resources required to wage battle both domestically and on the continent.

ARSENAL’S YOUNG PUPS NEED A LEAD

IN the last 12 matches, Arsenal have only managed to beat West Brom, Newcastle, Slavia Prague and Sheffield United.

Three days after stinking the place out in terms of lack of positivity or desire against Villarreal, they have what it takes to pull the plug on West Brom’s Premier League misadventure.

It is no good Arsenal players only turning it on when going is easy – it highlights the true leadership vacuum in the dressing room.

With no European football, Arsenal can focus on building from young next season – Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson are testament to that.

It could be an exciting team and Mikel Arteta may even be the manager to oversee it.

Arsenal, though, need to recruit some help for him on the pitch. Urgently.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel joked that he can’t be doing too well as a manager despite reaching back-to-back Champions League finals, because he has done so with different clubs rather than the same one. And after his side booked their spot in the Istanbul final later this month, Tuchel declared: “It’s not done yet.” 
Chelsea beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount.

That gave them a 3-1 aggregate win and sees them reach a third Champions League final in the club’s history, their first since they won the competition for the first and only time back in 2012.

For Tuchel, it means back-to-back European Cup showpieces after his Paris Saint-Germain side lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon last year.

Chelsea will take on Premier League champions elect Manchester City on May 29 in Turkey, after City beat PSG – now managed by ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino – 2-0 (4-1 on aggregate) in their own semi-final on Tuesday.

City and Chelsea meet in a dress rehearsal at the Etihad this weekend in which Pep Guardiola’s side can secure their third league title in the past four years.

But despite only arriving in January, and also taking Chelsea to an FA Cup final, Tuchel laughed that he can’t be doing too well as a manager despite his incredible early success with the Blues, because otherwise he’d still be the PSG head coach.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

Tuchel was sacked by the French champions just before Christmas last year and then replaced the axed Frank Lampard at Chelsea a month later. He has become the first manager ever to reach back-to-back Champions League finals with two different clubs.

Told he must be doing something right, the German tactician smiled to BT Sport’s Des Kelly: “Or not because it’s not the same club! It depends who you ask.

“No I’m happy. I’m very, very happy that we achieved this. I’m in general very grateful that I have the opportunity to live my life in football and fill this passion as a professional.

“I’m more than grateful to do it on this level and to coach a team like this and to arrive now for the second time in a final, I’m very grateful. Very thankful. 

“We deserved to win. First half was difficult because they had a lot of ball possession, made us suffer. But we were dangerous with counter-attacks and never lost the hunger or desire to defend.

“Second half was an even better structure to defend. It was a fantastic performance. Second half, we could have scored so much earlier and so much more to be safe.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

“But no time for criticism now. It’s a fantastic achievement. A big congratulations to the team.”

On the nerves of the second half before Mount’s 85th minute goal made sure of Chelsea’s victory against the 13-time European champions, Tuchel added: “It can happen in any second of any football match, not only against Real Madrid.

“Against Real Madrid of course it’s always dangerous, they can turn nothing into gold. You’re always on the edge.

“Big, big congratulations because to hang in there, even if you have big chances and miss, miss and miss again, to never lose concentration and never lose focus or the positive energy on the pitch is huge. A huge performance and well deserved.”

And asked about the showdown with City, Tuchel continued: “The final? Ask me four days before. It’s too early. Hopefully not but there can be injured players and players out of form. We need to wait and see.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

“Hopefully we arrive with the whole squad and we arrive in a good moment and good atmosphere because it’s not done yet. It’s not done yet. We want to go all the way. We arrive in Istanbul to win.”

Goalscorer Mount meanwhile told the BT cameras after the final whistle: “I can’t put it into words, really, at the moment. But it was a great performance tonight, it was a tough, tough game.

“You know what they’re like, they’re going to come and they’re going to give it everything. I thought we were brilliant, we worked hard.

“We probably should have had about five. I should have had one about 20 minutes before I scored. The most important thing is that we won tonight. But it’s not over, there’s one more game left.

“We’ve got two massive cup finals and hopefully we can win.”

Speaking about this weekend’s league showdown with City, Mount added: “We’ve played them three times already this season, so it’s going to be a stunning game.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

And captain Cesar Azpilicueta added: “Massive performance from the team. We knew we had a tough opponent and I think the team performed really well and could have scored more goals.
“Not only the guys that were lucky to play this game on the pitch, we have a fantastic squad and staff around.

“Everybody pushes hard in training, it creates the atmosphere to be together, to fight for every ball, to help each other from the stand.

“For me, this is massive to create a strong group. At the moment, we have plenty of things to fight for ahead of us.”

The Spanish defender said of the final, which will come a fortnight after they face Leicester in the FA Cup final at Wembley: “It’s a Champions League final against Manchester City, we know that.

“We have played them lots of times, but it’s a Champions League final. But we believe in ourselves. We know that we will have to work hard, but we’re ready for this.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

While Werner, now Chelsea’s joint-top goalscorer this season, reflected: “Where we started under the new manager, we were 10th in the league, we are now in the cup final and the Champions League final.

“Everything, we are on the road to the top four, we can win the Champions League and we can win the FA Cup. Our team is incredible, what we did today.

“We didn’t have so much of the ball, like normally, but how we controlled the game and the rhythm against a team with world-class players in every position.

“We are young, but we’re not stupid to make mistakes and we were very, very good today.

“Maybe if you can say something to us today is the fact that we could decide the game earlier in the second-half.

“But in the end, it’s not easy to play against Real Madrid and we did very, very well.”

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Thomas Tuchel sends brutal message to Timo Werner and his Chelsea squad

Thomas Tuchel has admitted mis-firing Timo Werner has to deliver more goals for Chelsea – and ordered him to trust his instincts.

The German coach was cracking the whip with his high-flying squad yesterday.

He’s guided them to an FA Cup final, to the brink of a Champions’ League final, and fighting off challengers for a place in the top four.

But Tuchel is demanding more, and urging Werner and his stars not to let a “brutal” playing schedule, and personal trials derail their quest for glory.

Tuchel reckons Werner’s could be over-thinking his goal drought which has seen him net just three times in 33 games since early November.

The 25-year-old got the winner against West Ham last weekend, but missed a good chance in the semi final against Real Madrid this week.

Asked about Werner he said: “Are we happy when he misses a chance like he did in the last game… NO.

“Do we wish for more goals, yes. Does he wish for more goals, yes.

“It is not about quality. It is about confidence and momentum. It is about trusting his instinct more and not overthinking it.

“It is easier said than done. I never scored a goal in my career! If I did it was like birthday and Christmas on the same day!

“He should keep his head up. This is what he does, this is what he used to do. What is the worst case scenario when the next chance comes? That he misses the chance. Billions of people never have a chance to take!

“So take the next chance.”

Tuchel’s side face Fulham looking to press home their advantage in the race for the top four, despite the game being sandwiched between huge European ties.

He added: “We are in the middle of the race. Is it easy to switch from one competition to another? No. But who cares. We don’t want easy.

“The players have worked hard to give us this advantage, to let it slip from our hands. Fully on and not hold back one percent. We play to win.”

Fulham have Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan this season.

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Tuchel has offered the former England midfielder an olive branch to prove himself again at Stamford Bridge…. because he reminds him of German legend Michael Ballack.

Tuchel said: “I am quite a fan of him. When he was younger – he is still young- but when he was coming from the Academy, and into professional football he reminded us a bit of Michael Ballack in his style of play and movement.

“He is on loan now and doing good. He is leaving his footprints there.

“It would not be fair to judge him on TV or hearsay. I want to work with players and give my opinion. Maybe that is quick but from a direct impression. I don’t know what his idea is, what my opinion is or the club’s so there is no decision.”

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Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea players are talking about Eden Hazard ahead of Real Madrid tie

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Chelsea go into the final four clash as the underdogs, attempting to make their first Champions League final since 2012 and has urged his players to be themselves when they line-up against the Spanish champions.

On how they will beat Los Blancos, he added: “Be ourselves. Rely on our strengths and do the things that make you confident.

“We have these things as a team and this is what we try to do at the best level.

“The challenge is to be ourselves, the best version of ourselves, for 90 or 94 minutes against Madrid.”

Thomas Tuchel warns Chelsea players over Eden Hazard – 'He wants to make a point'

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Tuchel has admitted he’s ‘lucky’ to be managing a Chelsea side in the last four.

“I am a pretty lucky guy, a lucky man, I am very grateful,” he said.

“When I started in academy football, every day was different, I enjoyed every day with the under 14s then 15s, 19s. This was already a big gift.

“Maybe the next level is to keep this level, don’t drop it.

“I strongly believe in our squad. Maybe the next step is to keep the level and not over-expect to go to the next step.”

Thomas Tuchel confirms Chelsea blow vs Real Madrid as he fires top-four warning to stars

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Thomas Tuchel believes that the battle for the two remaining places in the Premier League’s top four and Champions League football next year will go right to the wire.

The Chelsea manager’s team established a three-point lead over rivals West Ham with five games left in the campaign by beating the Hammers 1-0 on Saturday at the London Stadium.

Earlier in the day Liverpool were denied a win at the death by Newcastle with Chelsea now four points clear of the Reds, while third-placed Leicester are one point above Tuchel and co. but have played one game less.

Speaking after Timo Werner’s strike gave the Blues a vital victory in east London, Tuchel said: “Since last week it has been in our own hands, because we arrived in fourth place.

“Now we have taken advantage now of this direct duel, which is significant – and it is always a huge win.

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“But it is not over yet. There are too many teams involved, the competition is too hard, our fixtures are too hard to be relaxed now, or to think about anything else than that we have to continue to perform on this level.

“But we are used to producing performances, we are used to hard work, we are used to having a huge team effort.”

But, Tuchel revealed Chelsea will be without former Real midfielder Mateo Kovacic against Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday night.

The German added: “Hopefully Mateo can come back against Fulham next week. Tomorrow will be too early. It is unfortunate, because he is a crucial player.

“If you arrive in the semi final, you arrive at the highest level in European football – and you play against Real Madrid. It cannot be harder – it’s the most experienced team in this competition.

“But we arrive with full confidence and inner belief – we have got big results. I hope we can play adventurous, aggressive and intensive football. We will fight them hard.”

“The referees are the people who can change things. But whoever they are taking their orders from is not very good.”

The Hammers’ second successive defeat left them three points outside the top four with five games to play – but Moyes hopes to get some of his injured players fit for a crucial run in.

The Scot said: “It’s still all there for us. We want to keep going. We want to be in the mix for European football.

“We’ve got so close. Hopefully we can start to get some players back in the next four or five games. It is going to go right to the end.

“We’ve been in there and earned it because of the way we’ve played and the results we’ve had. The players are going to get driven on.”

Tuchel in disbelief as Werner misses INCREDIBLE chance at West Ham – but forward ends goal drought to give Chelsea win (VIDEO)

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Timo Werner ended his two-month goal drought to give Chelsea victory in their clash with Premier League top-four rivals West Ham, but the German was guilty of missing a remarkable chance to make the afternoon more comfortable.

Werner struck for the first time since February 15 when he turned home a pinpoint Ben Chilwell cross just before half-time at London Stadium.

The strike followed good work by the German in the build-up as he held up the ball to bring Christian Pulisic into play before bursting into the box and getting on the end of the Chelsea left-back’s cutback.

Werner was mobbed as he bagged the sixth goal of his maiden Premier League campaign – but his first in seven games since scoring against Newcastle in mid-February.  

Somewhat surprisingly considering perceptions of the 25-year-old’s wastefulness in front of goal, the strike cemented Werner’s place as Chelsea’s most dangerous threat this season as both scorer and provider for the Blues.

But in what some fans cruelly claimed was the resumption of normal service, Werner was guilty of missing a golden chance to double Chelsea’s lead 10 minutes into the second half, as he somehow sent the ball wide with the goal gaping when the ball came back to him after Mason Mount was denied from long range.

Tuchel’s reaction summed up the incident as the German couldn’t believe his countryman had spurned the chance to make the second half far more comfortable for the Blues.

In the end, Chelsea were given a helping hand when West Ham had Fabian Balbuena harshly sent off when he connected with Chilwell during his follow-through when making a clearance inside the last 10 minutes. 

Referee Chris Kavanagh gave the Paraguayan a straight red after consulting the pitchside monitor, in a decision which left Hammers boss David Moyes incredulous on the sidelines.

Chelsea closed out the match to cement their spot in fourth place in the league, three points ahead of London rivals West Ham and four clear of Liverpool in sixth, after Jurgen Klopp’s team conceded a late equalizer to draw at Newcastle earlier in the day.

Looking upwards, Chelsea are just one point behind Leicester in third, although the Foxes have a game in hand.

Despite his miss, Werner took the positives of finally returning to the scoresheet, joking afterwards: “I think the second chance I have to score, but I have to come back slowly, one goal is enough, two might be too much for the beginning.” 

“The feeling is too short when you wait for so long. It’s the best feeling you have, after a winning game. Really important for me, for the whole team,” he added. 

“Callum [Hudson-Odoi] said you’ll score today, Tammy [Abraham] said you’ll score, both said point to me,” the German said, explaining why he indicated towards the bench after his strike. 

“I’m happy that I scored the first [goal], the second will go in in the next weeks and months.”

Next up for Chelsea is a Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid in Spain on Tuesday.

Saturday’s win gets them back on track after a turbulent week in which they drew with Brighton at home, amid widespread protests at the club’s participation in the controversial Super League. 

It emerged shortly before that game that Russian owner Roman Abramovich had pulled the plug on the short-lived venture, as Tuchel and his team will hope for calmer times now that the saga seems to be over for the time being.   

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Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea must be 'very careful' for Real Madrid tie after West Ham win

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Thomas Tuchel has ruled that his Chelsea players must now be “very careful” with their recovery ahead of the Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid in midweek. The Blues picked up all three points on the road at West Ham this evening, a result that is likely to prove invaluable come the end of the season.

Chelsea knew that they had a chance to extend their lead over Liverpool to four points in the race for the top-four after they drew with Newcastle earlier today.

And that is what Chelsea did courtesy of Timo Werner’s first-half strike and the Blues are now in the driving seat in the race for Champions League qualification.

Now attentions turn to the first leg of their semi-final with Real Madrid, ahead of next week’s trip to the Spanish capital.

After another closely-contested encounter and gruelling week, Tuchel is now cautious that his players need to get their rest in.

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“Today we played at a high, high level against a strong opponent. It was a good response.

“We only have two days to recover. We need to be very careful now in the recovery process.”

Real Madrid are currently fighting it out for the La Liga title and therefore cannot afford to rest players ahead of the meeting with Chelsea.

Tuchel acknowledged the prestige of the tie but is confident his players have what it takes to get the better of the 13-Champions League winners.

“It’s clearly something very special,” Tuchel added on the tie.

“They’re the biggest club in the last 10 years of the Champions League.

“To arrive with the confidence and the trust in ourselves that we can perform in these matches is a good feeling.”

Water under the Bridge: Chelsea boss Tuchel says ‘no need for Abramovich to apologize to him’ for Super League fiasco

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said he is not expecting an apology from owner Roman Abramovich over the Super League farce, with the German admitting he had not spoken to the Russian billionaire since taking over in January.

Chelsea were among the 12 rebel teams to rock world football at the start of the week when they declared they were breaking away to form a new European Super League.

After a massive backlash from fans, the media, and governing bodies UEFA and FIFA, the six English clubs involved in the venture backed down, starting with Chelsea and Manchester City.

The west London club saw large fan protests outside their Stamford Bridge home before they played Brighton on Tuesday night, which included supporters blocking the team bus as it attempted to enter the stadium.

Anger turned to jubilation after the news broke that owner Abramovich had ordered the Blues hierarchy to prepare procedures for them to pull out of the doomed project.

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After Chelsea were held at home 0-0 against Brighton, Tuchel admitted that his team had been disrupted by the furor heading into the match.  

“I was affected so I think the players were affected,” Tuchel had said. “We talk of nothing else but Super League before the match.

“Nobody asked about the match before. It is like this. You have to accept the distraction. We tried to create an atmosphere to win the game but could not.”

Chelsea were vilified along with the other 12 clubs for going along with the project in the first place, even though they were said to have been reluctant to join and had only done so at a late stage.

Abramovich at least emerged with some credit for moving swiftly to reverse the damage, and has escaped some of the opprobrium aimed at officials at other clubs, including the American owners of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

At the latter of those clubs, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta revealed this week that owner Stan Kroenke had apologized to him for the chaotic past few days.

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When asked on Friday whether Abramovich had done the same with him, or if he was expecting the famously secretive Russian to reach out, Tuchel said there was no need for the gesture.

“No, nobody needs to apologize,” the 47-year-old German said at a press conference ahead of the crunch Premier League meeting with top-four rivals West Ham on Saturday.     

“I have not spoken to the owner since I arrived which is absolutely not a problem.

“But I was in a dialogue with the club before and after the match [against Brighton] and so I was informed that we were pulling out, and that was pretty much all I needed to prepare the next match against West Ham.

“But it’s all already in the past and I don’t think they need to apologize to me,” he added.

Chelsea fans’ anger over the Super League misadventure appears to have largely been directed at figures at the club other than billionaire oligarch Abramovich.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust named chairman Bruce Buck as being among the sources of their anger.

When Tuchel was asked about the notion that fans’ sentiments towards Abramovich might be affected, he played down that suggestion.

“I don’t think that it affects in general the opinion on what our owner does for the club, for the community, does for the women’s team, for the academy and the senior team,” he said.

Chelsea announced on Friday that the club was freezing general admission season ticket and matchday prices for next season, as well as confirming plans for “significant upgrades” to Stamford Bridge.

That step, however, was promptly accused of being an attempt to placate fans and a cynical bid to repair the damage done in recent days.

Since Abramovich took over in 2003, Chelsea have enjoyed the most successful period in their history, winning five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and two UEFA Europa League crowns.

This season they are into the Champions League semi-finals, where they face Real Madrid.   

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