What Roman Abramovich sanctions at Chelsea mean for Tottenham amid Champions League battle

The major decisions regarding Roman Abramovich will have a big impact on Chelsea, of course, but it could also impact Tottenham.

football.londonreported on Thursday morning that Abramovich’s assets had all been frozen, as per UK Government sanctions, which included Chelsea FC.

The Blues are still allowed to play their matches as they have a special sporting licence that allows football activities to continue.

However, the sale of the club can no longer go through, no more match tickets can be sold and there is a cap on spending for travelling and staging games.

The news and what is to come will have a big impact on not just the club itself but also the thousands of fans who follow their side.

Not only will it impact the West London club, but Spurs could also see the impact of the sanctions.

Antonio Conte had his say on the situation, in his pre match press conference on Thursday afternoon, ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Old Trafford on Saturday.

“Honestly I have just listened to this situation,” he admitted. “This morning we had a training session. It is not easy, is not easy.

“Honestly, it’s a pity, also because I was coach in this club, in Chelsea, I enjoyed two seasons,” Conte added. “Also, I won two titles, I worked in this club.

“It’s a pity to listen to this situation, it’s not simple for the players, it’s not simple for Thomas Tuchel, for the fans, for the whole environment, Chelsea environment.”

Antonio Conte has previously worked with Roman Abramovich when he was manager at Chelsea.
Antonio Conte has previously worked with Roman Abramovich when he was manager at Chelsea.

The first impact Spurs may find from the Chelsea situation is in the Premier League table, in which the Lilywhites are currently eight points and four places behind their London rivals.

However, if the Blues finances go from bad to worse and they can’t revive the situation, they could face a nine-point deduction.

If the table were as it stood and Chelsea got this penalty, they would drop down to seventh place and a point behind Conte’s side.

This would leave Arsenal, Man United and West Ham above Spurs but the Lilywhites have two games in hand over the latter two.

Of course Tottenham need to find some consistency and win games to climb the table but if Chelsea do face a points deduction, it would likely provide Spurs with a boost in the battle for a top four spot.

This special licence that Chelsea have means players and staff won’t have their salaries affected by the sanctions.

However, there can be no contract renewals or transfers and it means that any current negotiations on that front will have to be put on hold.

This means that the futures of Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta have all inevitably been decided and any hope Chelsea had of keeping the trio will now have come crashing down.

Out of the three defenders, Rudiger is one who has been linked with a move to Tottenham in the past, having previously praised Conte and having been linked with Jose Mourinho.

With the trio now looking like they will have to make an exit during the summer, could any of them be targets for Paratici?

All three have been linked with moves abroad, with Christensen seeming more and more likely he could make the move to Barcelona.

Even if Tottenham don’t want to make a move for any of the Chelsea players available, it is one less club to worry about competing with for any potential targets.

The sanctions have created a ripple effect of problems for Chelsea as a football club but also for the fans and it will be hard work to get back to any form or normality.

football.london will have all the latest updates on the situation at the West London club and what it can mean for their fellow London rivals.

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