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‘The right decision’ – Tuchel addresses Abramovich sale as Chelsea ‘cancel noise’ in FA Cup win

Thomas Tuchel addressed Roman Abramovich’s sale of Chelsea as they “cancelled the noise” to beat Luton Town in the FA Cup.

Shortly before kick-off at Kenilworth Road, Abramovich announced he would be ending his 19-year association with the club. The Blues then instantly fell behind in the game to their Championship opposition.

However, they twice levelled before finding a winner to prevail 3-2 and reach the quarter-finals.

Speaking to BBC Sport post-match, Tuchel said: “I like how we played, we didn’t get frustrated and were patient and at the same time relentless to find the gaps and the decisive chances.

“We deserved to win, it was a good team performance, a very humble performance, I like it.

“Every match we play is the most important and that is why they are on the pitch and it is good that they score.”

The German coach revealed he didn’t have much more warning than the Chelsea fans about the club being put on the market.

Tuchel distances himself from decision

“Maybe I heard it a little earlier than you but still very close to kick-off,” Tuchel continued.

“We heard the rumours throughout the day, saw on TV, when we have team meetings and eat together everybody talks about it.

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“It is big news, let’s wait and see for the best and see what the day brings.

“I think every decision he (Abramovich) takes is the right decision, it is his choice, his club, it is not on me to comment.

“In the very short term for us as a team, staff and players, hopefully not too much, maybe even it will change nothing.

“But the situation is now out there and a big situation so I can understand lots of reports.

“We try to cancel the noise and stay focused, which is not always easy. But we showed today we were able to do it.

“We are not living on an island, the players have internet.

“Some are more concerned, to play on the same day a match where focus is absolutely key is not so easy and makes it a bigger performance.”

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