Speaking after the match, Blues chief Thomas Tuchel gave his verdict on the news that the club’s long-term future was about to be secured after weeks of uncertainty.
The Londoners operate under a special sports license after Abramovich was hit with UK government sanctions in March, but the terms of the license prohibited the club from operating normally. The restrictions have even prevented the Blues from entering into contract negotiations with players like Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, who are both expected to be free agents at the end of the season.
And with an end to the turmoil finally in sight, Tuchel laid out his hopes for a return to normality. Asked about the deal, the German said: “No relief, but it gives us a perspective that the terms are agreed. Hopefully the process will be streamlined and will move forward as soon as possible so that we can act and no longer be sanctioned. . It’s good news.”