Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel points to one key reason why Chelsea lost FA Cup final to Leicester.
Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea simply didn’t have the luck on their side at Wembley as his side were beaten in the FA Cup final 1-0 by Leicester City.
Youri Tielemans’ sensational goal midway through the second half was worthy of winning any game, let alone a cup final, but there was some controversy surrounding not only that but also late on in the game.
Ayoze Perez appeared to handle the ball as Reece James attempted a raking pass but it wasn’t checked by VAR, the Foxes broke through and Tielemans smashed home an absolute thunderbolt from 25 yards out that gave Kepa no chance at all.
Then there was Ben Chilwell, who thought he had levelled things up against his former side four minutes from time but VAR intervened once again and ruled the Blues left wing-back offside.
VAR showed that it was Chilwell’s hand and sleeve that were ahead of Foxes centre back Caglar Soyuncu in the middle. As we have seen this season however, if anything is past the last man then it is deemed to be offside, no matetr if you are not allowed to score with that part of your body.
Tuchel said at his post-match press conference that he believes the Blues were unlucky in the final and that it was more a 1-0 game in their favour than it was in Leicester’s who won their first FA Cup trophy.
“We are disappointed and not angry with our performance from the boys,” Tuchel said.
“I think the performance is enough to win it. I think today we were unlucky and we’ve never hidden that we need to have that to win at this level. You need momentum, decision making, little details, the referee.
“I think we defended well, counter-pressed well, didn’t allow counter-attacks by one of the best counter-attacking sides in Europe.
“Our decision making in the first half was too hectic, we tried to force the solution. We created two against two and three against three situations that were more promising than we made of it.
“We had a big chance with Azpilicueta and in the second half we controlled the game. We conceded a goal from nothing. It’s a fantastic goal and a lucky goal. We have a chance from Mason, an offside goal that was very close. We were unlucky today.”