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Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea’s ‘privileged’ players are protected while ‘hundreds’ of other club staff are under threat.
The Blues are in shock after sanctions against Russian owner Roman Abramovich for his links to Vladimir Putin.
And Tuchel revealed his fears – although he claimed Kai Havertz’s stunning late winner against Newcastle yesterday ‘changed everything’.
Chelsea shrugged off off-field issues in their first home game since Abramovich froze his assets.
And they remain eight points clear in third place, with Havertz in-form the controversial hero after going unpunished earlier for an ‘elbow’ on Dan Burn.
Tuchel said: “This result has a huge impact on us, giving this pleasure to our fans means a lot. It changes everything.
“We are aware of how privileged we are. Hundreds of people in this club aren’t so privileged, maybe facing a more existential threat, and are more worried about their future than we are.
“It gives us the responsibility to fight for them.”
Meanwhile, British property developer Nick Candy says he will give a fan a seat on the board if he succeeds in buying Chelsea.
Candy also insisted he was ready to help fund the Blues after the Prem banned Abramovich from being a club manager.
Sanctions against Abramovich have put his plan to sell Chelsea on hold and mean his £3billion asking price could drop.
As for transfers, Manchester United and Newcastle could battle for Blues centre-back Antonio Rudiger and Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer.