CHELSEA followers paid tribute to sacked supervisor Thomas Tuchel by applauding within the twenty first minute of their Champions League conflict with RB Salzburg.
The German coach, 49, was dismissed by the Blues final week and swiftly changed by Brighton supervisor Graham Potter.
Wednesday night marked a brand new period at Stamford Bridge as Potter took cost of Chelsea for the primary time.
However the house followers weren’t ready to overlook Tuchel solely as they roundly applauded within the twenty first minute – a nod to the German’s Champions League triumph with the membership in 2021.
The applause changed the large “crowdsurfer” banner which Chelsea supporters would have used as a tribute, however because of the Queen’s loss of life they determined to not as an indication of respect.
Earlier than the sport, Chelsea supporters motion “We Are The Shed” mentioned: “Tonight might be our first sport since Thomas Tuchel bought sacked.
“We is not going to be utilizing the crowdsurfer out of respect for The Queen’s passing/pre match plans.
“As a substitute, we’re encouraging folks to face & applaud on the twenty first minute to say ‘thanks’ (the yr he received us the CL).”
Tuchel broke his silence on Sunday as he addressed his sudden sacking by Chelsea.
The previous Borussia Dortmund coach mentioned: “This is among the most tough statements I’ve ever needed to write – and it’s one which I hoped I’d not have to do for a few years.
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“I’m devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an finish.
“Thanks a lot to all of the employees, the gamers and the supporters for making me really feel very welcome from the beginning.
“The delight and pleasure I felt at serving to the staff win the Champions League and the Membership World Cup will stick with me without end.
“I’m honored to have been part of this membership’s historical past and regardless of the future holds for me, the recollections of the final 18 months will all the time have a particular place in my coronary heart.”