Respect! Chelsea fans to hold applause in the 21st minute of Champions League tie against RB Salzburg

Chelsea fans have decided to honour Thomas Tuchel in tonight’s Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

The applause will be done in the 21st minute.

It has been chosen as the most suitable moment due to the Champions League trophy he won with the club last year – 2021.

The applause will replace the “crowdsurfer” which Chelsea supporters would have used as a tribute, but due to the Queen’s death they are not bringing out as a sign of respect.

Chelsea supporters group “We Are The Shed” said: “Tonight will be our first game since Thomas Tuchel got sacked.

“We will not be using the crowdsurfer out of respect to The Queen’s passing/pre match plans.

“Instead, we’re encouraging people to stand & applaud on the 21st min to say ‘thank you’ (the year he won us the CL).”

Chelsea fans hold Thomas Tuchel in high esteem, and were shocked at the new owner’s decision to sack him.

The former Chelsea manager recently released a touching emotional statement about his sacking, as he said: “This is one of the most difficult statements I have ever had to write – and it is one which I hoped I would not need to do for many years.

“I am devastated that my time at Chelsea has come to an end.

“Thank you so much to all the staff, the players and the supporters for making me feel very welcome from the start.

“The pride and joy I felt at helping the team to win the Champions League and the Club World Cup will stay with me forever.

“I am honoured to have been a part of this club’s history and whatever the future holds for me, the memories of the last 18 months will always have a special place in my heart.”