Thomas Tuchel told a journalist his “evening was ruined” after he found out a UEFA ruling will prevent Chelsea fans from being in attendance for their next Champions League home fixture.
On Wednesday night the holders progressed to this season’s quarter-finals after beating Lille 4-1 on aggregate.
The Blues were behind on the night when Burak Yilmaz put the Ligue One champions ahead with a penalty, but goals from Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta secured comfortable passage into the next round.
With the situation at Chelsea up in the air at the moment, Tuchel was overjoyed with the victory and celebrated with fist pumps at the end of the game.
But in his press conference, the German coach was told of new sanctions imposed on the club because of Roman Abramovich’s alleged association with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The UK government seized all Abramovich’s assets and as a result, Chelsea is unable to make money from tickets or merchandise.
Under a general license that does allow them to continue as a football club and pay players and staff, they cannot buy or sell players, or renew any contracts.
But strong EU restrictions have also been imposed and UEFA is lobbying to ban Chelsea fans from attending the quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel was informed of the sanctions by a Sky Sports report, reacting by saying:
“Thanks for ruining my evening,” Tuchel replied with a smile on his face, he was clearly hearing the news for the first time.
“I was in such a good mood,”