Chelsea run ‘day-to-day’ after Abramovich sanctions – technical director Cech

Chelsea technical director Petr Cech said the club was being run “day to day” after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the British government.

Cech also said that Thomas Tuchel was expected to honor his contract, amid speculation over the head coach’s future, but that “tomorrow the situation may change”.

Abramovich was hit with sanctions on Thursday morning by the British government, with Chelsea protected by a government license.

Described by the British government as a “pro-Kremlin oligarch”, Abramovich was punished with an asset freeze and a travel ban.

Chelsea have been given a “special licence”, designed to allow the Premier League club to fill their matches and for “staff to be paid and existing ticket holders to attend matches”.

There are, however, important limits on what the money is used for and how it can be spent.

Cech was one of the first signings of the Abramovich era at Chelsea, joining Rennes in 2004 and making over 300 appearances in 11 years at the club.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s first home game after the sanctions were announced, Cech told Sky Sports: “It’s devastating to see what is happening in Ukraine and our thoughts are with the victims of the situation. I hope people will stop suffering.

“When you compare it to what’s going on here, it’s a tough situation. We have a lot of questions, we don’t have a lot of answers, but we are determined to focus on the things we can control.

“We are going day to day to try and finish the season.”

On whether the club could continue to pay staff salaries, he added: “We hope the situation will become clearer soon. We hope that people working for the club will be able to collect their salaries and live their life and work.

“This is a question that is difficult for me to answer because I do not have the answers. I don’t know what classes will look like in a few days. Without answers, it is difficult to plan.

Cech also responded to speculation that Tuchel would leave the club, while acknowledging the uncertainty of the situation.

“Thomas has a contract until 2024, as things stand we were told the contract would be assessed,” he said. “We hope we will have him as a coach because he has been brilliant at all levels.

“But tomorrow the situation may change and my answer will be irrelevant.”

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