“It has for sure. I think there’s no sense in hiding from the fact that it is a distraction,” Thomas Tuchel said at a presser when asked about how the ongoing takeover affects Chelsea.
“It is a matter of how much level we can reach up even if we are distracted or worried or disadvantaged by it.
“We did excellent until the international break, it had no effect in terms of results. It had almost the opposite effect. We felt strong during the difficulties and the announcement, the sanctions in place.
“Maybe something also very human and normal took place, in the moment of two weeks off or one week off with the players not here, there were different influences to them and maybe more thoughts to the situation in general.
“The situation is now very, very long and the players also want to feel competitive and know what’s going on next season. A player, a guy like Toni [Rudiger] decided to change the club.
“With every day it gets a bit more difficult, not impossible. We are still looking to reach the level and be competitive, win games. It is no excuse but for sure is a reason.”
Chelsea have been under sanctions since March. The Blues are operating under a special license that prevents the club from engaging in transfer activity, including signing new contracts.
It looks to be over soon, with Todd Boehly and his consortium expected to complete the takeover until the end of May.