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An Emotional Thomas Tuchel Snaps At Reporter After Being Asked Questions About War

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An Emotional Thomas Tuchel Snaps At Reporter After Being Asked Questions About War

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was visibly emotional after being asked about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and explained he feels bad talking about war, which he's never experienced.

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Russia launched a military assault on neighbouring Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning and and the conflict is ongoing.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who is Russian, announced on Saturday that "stewardship and care" of the club would be in the hands of Chelsea's charitable foundation for the foreseeable future.

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Ahead of Wednesday's FA Cup clash with Luton Town, Tuchel was questioned about the last five days and he decided to put his foot down.

Image Credit: HaytersTV
Image Credit: HaytersTV

When asked about Abramovich's position as owner, Tuchel quickly intervened with: "Listen, you have to stop. I'm not a political. Honestly. I can only repeat it and I feel bad to repeat it because I haven't experienced war.

"To talk about it, I feel bad because I'm very privileged. I sit here in peace... I do the best I can but you have to stop asking me these questions. I have no answers for you."

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The 48-year-old looked frustrated at the end of his speech and Chelsea's press officer asked for the remaining questions to be on tomorrow's game.

Earlier in the press conference, he'd spoken at length about the conflict and the suffering it's caused across the world.

"It's horrible. It's horrible," Tuchel explained. "There can't be any other opinion about it, but why should we be more distracted by you. It's out there. We know there are more important things out there. This will never change.

"Everyone in Europe has noise in their head that nobody likes. Still you try to come to work and try to do the best in your job as possible."

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Abramovich is one of the richest men in Russia and allegedly has ties to president Vladimir Putin, which he has denied.

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Image Credit: Alamy

A spokesperson representing Abramovich claims the 55-year-old is currently speaking with Ukraine in an attempt to reach a 'peaceful solution'.

The spokesperson said per BBC: "Considering what is at stake, we would ask for your understanding as to why we have not commented on neither the situation as such nor his involvement."

Featured Image Credit: HaytersTV

Topics: Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea, Premier League, Russia

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