Thomas Tuchel remained coy when asked about Chelsea’s involvement in a European Super League and insists it is ‘too early to judge’ the proposals.
Chelsea are one of six Premier League sides – alongside Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal – to have agreed to join a breakaway competition featuring Europe’s elite clubs.
The tournament threatens the existence of the Champions League as well as domestic competition and has been met with huge opposition by both fans and a number of leading bodies, the Premier League having urged its clubs to withdraw their participation “before irreparable damage is done”.
Governing bodies have also threatened to ban participating players and clubs from a host of competitions including domestically and internationally, with FIFA, UEFA and leading European leagues against the plans.
The European Super League has so far had 12 teams agree to sign up for the new competition with a further three expected to follow, those 15 teams set to be granted guaranteed annual entry with only five qualifiers on sporting merit.
That ‘closed shop’ nature of competition amongst Europe’s elite has sparked outrage amongst the footballing world and accusations of unfathomable greed, with Tuchel fronting Chelsea’s involvement amid awkward questioning ahead of the Blues’ clash with Brighton tomorrow evening.
The German was coy when asked on the proposals with Chelsea’s stance having come via a bland joint-statement release by clubs yesterday, though insisted he wants to participate in ‘the hardest competition’ possible as European football prepares for a seismic restructure.
“I’ve known since yesterday (Sunday) but I am here to be in the hardest competition, it’s why I came here, to play the toughest competitions in Europe,” he told his pre-match press conference.
“As you know, I don’t get around the subjects around us. I was hoping to talk about Manchester City and Brighton but it’s not the case.
“I am part of this club and I trust this club to make the right decisions. I think it’s too early to judge everything and it’s not my part. On my badge, it says that everyone has to play their role. My role is to coach, be focused, and we’ve got another game tomorrow.”