Speaking after the match, Blues chief Thomas Tuchel gave his verdict on the news that the club’s long-term future was on the brink of being secured after weeks of uncertainty.
The Londoners have been operating under a special sporting license after Abramovich was slapped with sanctions by the UK Government back in March, but the terms of the license have prohibited the club from functioning normally. The restrictions have even prevented the Blues from entering into contract negotiations with players such as Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, who are both due to be free agents at the end of the season.
And with an end to the turmoil finally in sight, Tuchel outlined his hopes for a return to normality. When asked about the deal, the German said: “Not relief, but it gives us an outlook that terms are agreed. Hopefully the process will be streamlined and go forward as soon as possible so we can act and not be sanctioned anymore. It’s good news.”