Report: Exactly when Chelsea's players found out that Abramovich was being sanctioned, came as huge shock

Chelsea players reportedly discovered Roman Abramovich had been hit by government sanctions en route to the Norwich City match last night.

This is according to David Ornstein, who told Sky Sports about the exact moment the news leaked to Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Chelsea continue to fight on the field

Given the circumstances leading up to the very last minute of the game, it is extremely admirable that the Blues managed to beat Norwich rather comfortably.

They moved a little closer to Liverpool with their 3-1 victory at Carrow Road, orchestrated largely by Mason Mount.

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He scored a beautiful goal and assisted Trevoh Chalobah’s early header, with the win rounded off by a delightful Kai Havertz effort.

Whilst the squad looked solely focused on picking up three points, their minds must’ve been wandering at least slightly before kick-off following the bombshell about the owner.

“This hits them like a bolt out of the blue,” said Ornstein about Abramovich’s assets being frozen.  

“Certainly the players, who found out on the bus on the way to Norwich yesterday.

“Many people right to the top of the club had no prior warning. It was reported the Premier League found out just 15 minutes before.”

Awful from every angle

The update on Abramovich shook the sport to its core, leaving many wondering where this leaves Chelsea in the long run.

Without the financial support of the Russian tycoon, will they be able to stand on two feet?

There are ominous early warning signs suggesting not.

Combining all expenses from across the board, the club’s yearly wage bill apparently accumulates to £333 million (Sun).

This includes funding travel to away matches and player’s enormous salaries.

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With nobody there to sign the cheques, the outgoing of cash is simply unsustainable.

But for all the people damaged by the situation, those tasked with kicking a ball around are probably the least affected.

After all, if they wish, they can probably find a new team to cover their pay packages.

However, these individuals are just as involved as anybody, meaning we cannot take their own predicament for granted.

Just keep performing on the pitch and hopefully, everything will be resolved off it.   

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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.