Thomas Tuchel has revealed Chelsea first-team players and staff paid for academy players and their parents to attend the FA Cup final, due to sanctions imposed on the club.
The Blues traditionally buy tickets for their youth teams and staff ahead of trips to Wembley, but that hasn’t been possible this year.
Sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich’s departure by the British government have seen the billionaire’s assets frozen as part of the response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This has drastically limited spending at Stamford Bridge, leaving it up to first-team staff to lend a hand to young travellers.
When asked if that was the case, Tuchel replied: “That’s what we did. It’s a big competition, and it’s a club.
“Normally the club would buy those tickets and provide them to parents and academy players, so we stepped in and bought the tickets for them.
Chelsea will take on Liverpool at Wembley – a game live on talkSPORT – for the second time in four months following their Carabao Cup loss to the Reds in February.
The game is set against a backdrop of enduring uncertainty over ownership, which appears to be nearing its end with American businessman Todd Boehly agreeing to buy the club.
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Sanctions imposed on the club have already resulted in the departure of star defender Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid.
Speaking about his departure, Tuchel said: “I don’t think anyone likes it. He gives confidence to everyone in the locker room.
“He’s a unique character and he plays at an exceptional level. He takes the focus sometimes, he likes the responsibility.
“No one likes this decision but we have to accept it. Like it or not, there will be life at Chelsea after Toni. It’s also the most important thing for us that it ends like this.” started, at the highest level.
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