'Feel compelled to say this': Rival PL club's owner reacts on Twitter after hearing what Tuchel has said now

Crystal Palace chairman and co-owner Steve Parish gave an honest verdict of Thomas Tuchel following his recent remarks on Chelsea matters.

Parish took to Twitter after hearing Tuchel’s humorous comments, underlined by a serious tone, about the team’s ability to travel to France for their Champions League tie with Lille on Wednesday.

Will there be rain on the plane to France?

Usually, the manner in which the Blues make their way over the channel wouldn’t be a secondary thought, let alone a primary one.

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However, due to the sanctions imposed by the UK government imposed upon Roman Abramovich, these often-overlooked matters now hold greater importance.

Is there a big enough budget to ship the whole first-team out to Lille without the owner’s financial treasure chest to dip into?

Fortunately for the senior squad, it appears they will be able to make it there and back without too much of a problem.

“No, my last information is that we have a plane,” said Tuchel about any possible travel issues.

“If not, we go by train. If not, we go by bus. If not, I drive a seven-seater, honestly!”

Whilst we’d love to see Chelsea rock up to the Stade Pierre Mauroy in the back of Skoda Kodiaq, the fact this is even being spoken about remains rather worryingly.

Hats off to Thomas

Recognition must go to Tuchel for keeping up the goodwill, where others may have lost all hope already.

Aside from a few understandable lapses of composure, the German has stood firm against the controversy hanging over Stamford Bridge.

The wider footballing community have basked in his handling of the situation, highlighted by Parish’s response to the train, plane and automobile anecdote.

“Not my business really to comment on other clubs but I feel compelled to say this guy has been thrown into a near impossible situation and yet conducted himself impeccably,” wrote the Palace chief.

“He’s a credit to the institution of Chelsea, its supporters, the Premier League and himself.”

We can’t thank you enough for being true to yourself, Thomas.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.