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Thomas Tuchel was delighted to focus on the football as Chelsea beat Norwich on Thursday (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel admitted that he had doubts over how his Chelsea players would cope with the uncertainty at the club ahead of their 3-1 win at Norwich City on Thursday night.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government on Thursday, throwing the club into chaos and an entirely uncertain future in the short and long terms.

Chelsea had to go to Norwich in the Premier League on the same day as the sanctions were imposed, and despite the significant distraction, they played well, with Trevoh Chalobah, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz scoring in the 3-1 win.

Tuchel admits it is a tricky time and he had doubts over how his players would deal with it on the pitch, but trusted them to get the result they were looking for.

‘It would be a lie if I said we I had no doubts but I also had a lot of trust,’ Tuchel told BBC Match of the Day.

‘In difficult circumstances we produced a lot of results and good performances so we can trust in our mentality and the culture in the club. We allowed ourselves to focus on the football.’

The German is remaining relaxed and played down the chaos at the club, saying he and his players will just focus on the football and nothing else.

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Tuchel was able to bring the likes of Romelu Lukaku and N’Golo Kante off the bench (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

‘Not as difficult as some people may think,’ Tuchel continued on dealing with the current situation. ‘The noise is there and of course it is another level of distraction but still the [team] meeting was the same and the schedule going to the match was the same.

‘But of course the subject is there, the talks are going on, so there is a certain distraction. The level of impact it has – the news of today is big – in time we don’t know how big. We cannot influence it. That’s a good thing or a bad thing. It’s a fact.’

Chelsea remain third in the table with the win, while the Canaries are still rooted to the foot of the Premier League.

MORE : Chelsea still sport Three logos against Norwich despite sponsorship suspension

MORE : Mayor of London urges government to remember ‘innocent’ Chelsea fans amid Roman Abramovich sanctions

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