After Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the European Union as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UEFA determined that Chelsea were unable to sell tickets for the future Champions League games until the takeover.
Reporters broke the news to Thomas Tuchel after the Blues secured a place in the quarter-finals.
“Thanks for ruining my evening!” the boss reacted, as per the Evening Standard. “I was in such a good mood, can we speak about it when it’s confirmed?
“Let’s wait for the confirmation of the confirmation. Let’s see, today I’m happy that we are in the last eight.
“There were a lot of things to overcome, so I’m so happy and so proud. So let’s see.”
“It’s the first thing I hear now. In three days we play Middlesbrough in the cup, then we have the national break, and then I’ll think about a good answer.”
The first leg of the quarter-final will take place on April 5-6 while the return leg will be scheduled for April 12-13.
It is unclear whether Chelsea will have new owners by that point – or if the club will appeal to lift that restriction in time for the game.