‘We have to make sure we fight for the goals we still have this season, which is my job to do and the players’ job to fulfil in the next days,’ added Tuchel.
‘Inside, we trust the club, it’s best if we do not get involved in sports politics and in these situations. It’s above our heads. It’s not the role we have to fulfil to make this club successful.
‘Everybody is talking, maybe it’s impossible for the players not to be influenced by it, but it’s still too early and there are a lot of opinions. Hopefully we can stay calm, like we are at Cobham, and can have influence to the players they don’t distracted and bring the performance we need for tomorrow’s game.’
Tuchel was asked whether Tammy Abraham should be concerned about his Chelsea future having not featured since mid-February…
‘Everybody is concerned when they’re not in the squad but it’s never an easy decision for me to take. I have a lot of sympathy for him and I can understand that he is worried and sad and maybe angry with me when I make these decisions.
‘Sometimes we spend almost an hour talking after the last training which decisions to take and which players we have to leave at home because it’s thin margins which decide.
‘Tammy has had this decision now a few times against him which is never personal but this is life at Chelsea sometimes as a player. I hope that he does not get lost in too many thoughts because he knows not to be too concerned about his situation.
‘Everything he can do is stay focused and stay with belief because the situation for a striker can change in minutes. We have an important training coming up and my decisions [for tomorrow] are not made yet.’
He also reflected on Jose Mourinho’s departure as Tottenham manager earlier in the day…
‘More or less I’m always a little bit surprised when it happens because we are all competitors and we all try to beat each other but in the end we wish that every manager has a good atmosphere to work in.
‘If it happens, it never feels good as another manager, but it’s clearly also not my job to comment on that. Everybody fights hard for results and when a big decision like this happens, it was a surprise today. I honestly did not see it coming.’
Elsewhere in Europe and England…
Lewis Baker played 90 minutes as Trabzonspor drew 1-1 with Hatayspor in Turkey, while Victor Moses was at left wing-back as Spartak Moscow were beaten 3-0 by Ufa in Russia.
Baba Rahman helped PAOK to an impressive 2-0 win over Olympiacos in the Greek Super League.
There were mixed fortunes for Marc Guehi as Swansea City beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 in midweek before needing a late fightback to snatch a point against struggling Wycombe Wanderers. The Swans are now six points adrift of Watford and the final automatic promotion spot in the Championship, with a place in the play-offs looking most likely for Steve Cooper’s side.
Izzy Brown was also involved in that avian encounter of Swans and Owls, playing the final 26 minutes for the hosts in Sheffield. It was the 24-year-old’s first match action since early March but leaves Wednesday second-bottom and seven points from safety.
In League One, Luke McCormick played the duration as Bristol Rovers lost 1-0 to Lincoln City, while Jon Russell was introduced on 77 minutes in Accrington Stanley’s 3-1 defeat at Rochdale.
Jamie Cumming and Stevenage were beaten 1-0 by Mansfield in League Two.
Though on average the most central of the attackers, Werner was typically mobile with his positioning and runs. His nine assists for the season now almost match his 10 goals.
‘When you don’t score you have to help the team with a lot of things and at the moment I help the team with assists,’ he says. ‘It is not my main target, but I could help with a good assist to win the game so I am very happy with that and I am not the type of guy who only wants to score. I want to win the games and when I assist and at the end help the team like this then it is also very good.
‘It was much harder than maybe when you play against other teams, because City is one of the best teams in Europe. It is not a bigger win but it is for us to see that we can match up with the best teams in Europe, that is why we are in the semi-finals of the Champions League and that is why we are in the final of the FA Cup, so we are on a good trip to try to win two titles.
‘At the end it is a great season when you win a title so we are not finished yet. We have to play the semi-final and we have to play the final, and also in the league we want to come in the top four so we have a lot to do. This is a little step on our way to a title so we keep going and we can win a title at the end.’
The 25-year-old is certainly looking forward to playing his first FA Cup final in a month’s time.
‘It will be great. It is a very beautiful stadium and I had the chance to play here in front of 90,000 with the national team. It is different with an empty stadium and hopefully there will be a lot of people in the stadium.’
The hosts did have a chance to respond quite late on from the penalty spot. However Jamie Bowden was unable to replicate earlier finishing from McEachran and Etete as Wady saved and the clock ran down on an excellent Chelsea display.
Next for Myers’ men is a trip to Manchester United on Friday night, kick-off is 7pm.
Chelsea Ethan Wady; Dynel Simeu, Xavier Mbuyamba (Sam McClelland 46), Dujon Sterling; Tino Livramento (Silko Thomas 82), George McEachran, Lewis Bate (Bryan Fiabema 32), Harvey Vale; Thierno Ballo, George Nunn, Marcel Lewis
Unused subs Karlo Ziger, Declan Frith
Booked Simeu 25; Ballo 41; McClelland 62; Nunn 90; Lewis 90
Scorers McEachran 16; Ballo 31; Vale 48; Nunn 69
Tottenham Josh Oluwayemi, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Tobi Omole (Aaron Skinner 80), Marcel Lavinier, Dennis Cirkin, J’Neil Bennett, Elliot Morgan Thorpe, Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine (Rafferty Pedder 80), Nile John, Kion Etete (Rodel Richards 67)
Unused subs Kaxper Kurylowicz, Maksim Paskotsi
Booked Bowden 17
Scorer Etete 45