Tuchel reveals he has not spoken to Abramovich during time at Chelsea

And Tuchel insists he does not expect an apology from the Russian owner, despite Chelsea’s abandoned European Super League plans leading to angry protests outside the ground and proving a costly distraction from the midweek game with Brighton

Chelsea were held to a goalless draw on Tuesday, which saw them fail to put space between them and West Ham ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with the Hammers in the battle for Champions League qualification. 

Tuchel has admitted the furore over the Super League has been distracting – but insists Abramovich has no need to say sorry – even though owners from other rebel clubs, such as Joel Glazer and John W. Henry have issued grovelling apologies. 

He said: “Nobody needs to apologise (to me). And I have not spoken to the owner since I have arrived, which is absolutely not a problem.

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

“It’s the owner’s club, it’s not my club. I’m part of the club, but it’s the owner and the club’s decision, and now they change that decision.

“There’s no need to apologise to me directly, my job is to adapt to the circumstances. And were we distracted, yeah clearly.

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