Champions League: Chelsea players know UEFA will ban them – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted that players yet to receive COVID-19 vaccination are ready for the “consequences”, with UEFA set to ban them from the away leg of their Champions League tie at Lille.

The Blues face the Ligue 1 champions at Stamford Bridge on February 22 with the return leg on March 16.

But France has hardened its COVID rules, stipulating that all professional athletes competing in the country must be vaccinated.

“They [the players] are aware of it.

“And at some point, everybody who is not vaccinated will face some consequences. Does that make it wrong that they are not?


“I’m not so sure about it. I simply don’t know, I took my decision for myself. For us isolated as a club, isolated as a football team, there can be huge consequences.

“For example, if players are not allowed to travel to France, this can create problems for us in not being able to use key players.

“We are aware of it. It is a constant noise, a constant sound,” Tuchel said ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham.