Pep Guardiola Reacts to Chelsea Sanctions, Explains How It Will Affect The Club

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has reacted to the sanction imposed on Chelsea Football Club by the government of United Kingdom.

City manager who felt bad for the rival club noted that Chelsea’s future is uncertain due to the limitations it is likely to face.

Pep Guadiola during a pre-match press conference on March 10, 2022 explained that Chelsea were going to be affected by sanctions imposed on its owner and Russian Oligarch, Roman Abramovich.

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Roman Abramovich who had indicated interest to sell off the club was facing new measures after Thursday’s announcement, and the impact on Chelsea looks to be significant.

He was recently captured in a photograph with Russian president Vladimir Putin and his assets had been confiscated by UK government.

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The decision was made in the wake of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Chelsea have been granted a special sporting licence to be able to continue trading as a football club.

But measures have been placed upon the club, including a ban on selling tickets, with only season-ticket holders permitted to attend matches.

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Guardiola, at the conference said he did not know exactly the reason why the sanction had been imposed.

But he said he understood the consequences for Tuchel and his Chelsea playing squad would be challenging on him.

He said, “Of course with the position for the manager, for Thomas Tuchel and the players, it’s uncomfortable, and I feel sorry for them because they’re there to do their job as well as possible,” Guardiola said. “For the rest, I don’t know, I have to wait.”

Speaking at a pre-match news conference ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Crystal Palace, which does not take place until Monday, Guardiola gave reporters something to think about.

He acknowledged that Premier League managers and head coaches are often asked about subjects in which they lack specialist knowledge.

“We are the face of the club, we’re here every day, and you ask freely whatever you want, but you have to understand there are subjects we don’t know,” the Spaniard said.

“We don’t have a one-hour lesson to speak or talk about what you’re asking for.

“I’m empathic enough to put (myself) in the position of the manager of Chelsea and the players. It must be an uncomfortable situation, but it was this morning’s headlines and I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Pep.

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