Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed that he nearly missed out on the final of the Club World Cup due to Covid isolation. He admitted that he was left frustrated coaching the team for the match against Plymouth in the FA Cup and the semi-final of the tournament. He revealed that he drove to the airport without a negative Covid result in the hope of joining the squad in Abu Dhabi.
“We were running out of lights, with the time difference we knew the deadline was coming,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “So it was the second-to-last chance to make it, the last one would have been to arrive today in the morning. So I’m happy that we made it. I was several times on my way to the airport and several times on my way back while I was driving called back because my test was not negative. And finally, we made it, I arrived yesterday for dinner, at 8.15 in the evening. I arrived on time to the team, no chance to be part of the last training, so I took the meetings today.”
“It was not nice to watch the semi-final on the office at the screen, but as a coach, you want to be on the sideline. I’m happy now that all the effort went very well, everyone was so supportive. The effort was excellent and totally worth it,” he added. “I had a tactical signal to see the whole pitch and the TV signal on the other big screen to watch the matches remotely. And I was in contact at half-time with my assistant in the tribune. We did the same with the cup game, but it’s not like I’m constantly talking to them, it’s more or less every 10 or 15 minutes.”