Thomas Tuchel insisted his Chelsea team does not have the need to “put on a show” for club owner Roman Abramovich ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus.
Abramovich has recently made a rather rare visit to London to host Israel president Isaac Herzog at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
As a result, some Chelsea fans expect the Russian-Israeli billionaire to be present at Tuesday’s match against Juventus.
Tuchel, who remains unsure whether Abramovich will actually attend the game, said his team does not feel any extra pressure.
“To put a show for him [Abramovich]? No. Our show is the basics,” the German said during the pre-match press conference on Monday.
“We give our best whether the owner is here or not.
“[Even if] he’s not here, I know will watch and follow us closely.
“We work hard on a daily basis to make him happy, to entertain him and the supporters in the stadium tomorrow.”
On whether he has met Abramovich recently, Tuchel said: “So that maybe answers the question if I’ve met him — no.
“I think he’s a huge football fan, he’s in love with the game and the details about it.
“He wants to know everything going on in Cobham, and we keep him informed because he has a genuine interest.
“This makes things very special.”