he German has coped admirably in difficult circumstances but the club’s transfer plans are now being seriously impacted by government sanctions

Thomas Tuchel did wonderfully well to initially block out the impact of the sanctions placed upon Chelsea following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but now it feels like the ownership chaos is finally catching up with the club. 

The uncertainty which has surrounded Stamford Bridge since the United Kingdom government decided to punish Roman Abramovich for his ties to the Kremlin is now evident on the pitch.

A once solid side is now leaking goals, as underlined by the dreadful defensive displays in the recent home defeats by Brentford, Real Madrid and Arsenal.

Tuchel is now longer sure whom he can count on.

After last week’s dire 4-2 defeat to Arsenal, the Blues boss said that he had got his starting line-up all wrong, which is believed to have been an admission that the players he picked simply weren’t as motivated as Mikel Arteta’s men, who are fighting hard to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

“You need to have the tactics right, and it is doubtful I had this right,” Tuchel told reporters, “and you need the team selection right, and again, it’s doubtful I had this right.”

The mood at Chelsea hasn’t quite plummeted as low as at Manchester United, whom Chelsea play on Thursday evening.

However, the ongoing search for a new owner is clearly taking its toll, with real-world effects reminding the players of the club’s perilous position on a regular basis. 

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