'Business as usual', says Chelsea's Tuchel after win

Chelsea is going through a tumultuous phase but manager Thomas Tuchel has been concentrating all his efforts on making things as normal as possible for his players.

Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea is on a run of four successive league wins and is through to the FA Cup quarterfinal as well as the last 16 of the Champions League.   -  Getty Images

Chelsea may be facing the most tumultuous week in its 117-year history but manager Thomas Tuchel has been concentrating all his efforts on making things as normal as possible for his players who beat Norwich City in the Premier League on Thursday.

European champion Chelsea is now effectively controlled by the British government after sanctions were imposed against the west London club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich on Thursday.

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"It did not feel strange," German Tuchel told reporters after Chelsea's 3-1 victory at Carrow Road. "It helps to have a fixed schedule to arrive on matchdays. This is a routine that everybody is used to and it gives you a structure to feel safe.

"Of course, there's a lot of distraction, and another level of distraction obviously with the sanctions, and we could feel it and talk about it and are aware of it and we accept it," he added.

Abramovich, under scrutiny following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, announced he was selling the Premier League club last week but that process is now on hold.

Mobile network Three has asked Chelsea to suspend its shirt sponsorship but the players wore the team's usual blue jerseys emblazoned with the sponsor's logo at Norwich.

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Tuchel's side is on a run of four successive league wins and is through to the FA Cup quarterfinal as well as the last 16 of the Champions League in which it will visit Lille next Wednesday with a 2-0 lead from the first leg.

"The excitement and love for the game in general helps us," said Tuchel. "And we demanded it - to work hard, to sweat it out and work together. It's the best thing to get the focus back and enjoy what we are doing."

Third-placed Chelsea was 2-0 ahead after 14 minutes at Norwich as the players seemed to put the off-field distractions aside and battled to hold off an attempted Norwich fightback in the second half to prevail 3-1.

"The team showed very good character and we can be proud that they produced performances like this under the current circumstances and we are right to trust them," said Tuchel.

"In the day-to-day like how we arrived at the game and how everything was organised it was pretty much business as usual. There was a lot of noise around but like I said the schedule of the day helps you through the routine.

"I'm happy they could show again that they work hard as a team and are able to produce another win away. It helps a lot," he added.

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