Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that his side has no preference with regards to the venue for the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League scheduled to take place on May 29.
The Blues will face recently confirmed Premier League champions Manchester City at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul but English fans will not be able to attend the game due to the addition of Turkey to England’s COVID-19 red list for travel.
“No, absolutely not, the preference is to play it and to arrive wherever necessary,” Goal.com quoted Tuchel as saying.
“The good thing for me is we have top guys on the subject involved in talks with UEFA and with everybody who is involved in that decision, which is the best thing for me, because the people know what they are doing, and they will inform us when there is a decision to be informed about. And we’ll adapt to whatever it is,” he added.
Meanwhile, UK transport secretary Grant Shapps initially confirmed that a final decision on the venue for the final will be taken by UEFA.
“The UK has a successful track record of hosting matches with spectators so we are well placed to do it,” Shapps had said last week.
“So we are very open to it, but it is actually in the end a decision for UEFA to make. But given it is two English clubs in the final, we look forward to hearing what they have to say,” he added.
Recent reports suggest that Wembley Stadium in London has emerged as one of the likely stadiums for the game, including FC Porto’s Estadio do Dragao.
As for Chelsea, they’ll turn their attention to the Premier League game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Blues will be seeking to confirm their place in the top four and also seal a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.