Thomas Tuchel reacts to win against Middlesbrough, reveals expectation from Chelsea sale

Thomas Tuchel described himself as “impressed” with the performance of his team win over Middlesbrough, both with their ability to switch their attentions to the FA Cup just three days after their Champions League win in Lille, and to put events off the field to the back of their minds.

“It was a deserved win,” the head coach told BBC Sport. “We’ve come through a period of lots of matches.

“Just three days after a Champions League tie you have to play a completely different competition with a totally different approach, but we were focused and got a deserved win. Full credit to the team. I’m very impressed.

“We accepted the situation as we didn’t cause it. Nothing we can do can change the situation, it’s not in our hands. But what is in our hands is to stay focused and set an example as I’m sure many people who work at Chelsea not in the spotlight are more concerned than us about the situation and what will happen. For them it’s also important we take the responsibility to show the right spirit and attitude. This is very, very good.

“We have a responsibility too with our talent. If you are gifted and privileged to play football as a profession then you have to push yourself to the limit. This is what we do and the culture of the club helps.”

A number of offers to buy Chelsea were submitted by the deadline on Friday night, and Tuchel emphasised the need for the club’s ownership to be resolved as soon as possible.

“I hope the process goes through as soon as possible to clear the situation and calm the situation down so we can have an outlook on the near future.

“As far as I know things will be pushed as fast as possible so we can see ourselves in a calmer situation.”

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