FA Cup: What I told my players after 6-5 shootout defeat to Liverpool – Chelsea boss, Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he told his team how proud he was of them after their disappointing 6-5 penalty shootout loss to Liverpool in FA Cup final on Saturday.

The match ended goalless at full time despite both sides coming close to scoring – Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic missing clear chances for Chelsea and Luis Diaz and Andy Robertson almost scoring for the Reds.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount both missed from the spot and Kostas Tsimikas scored the decisive penalty in a 6-5 win.

Sadio Mane had the chance to clinch the trophy for Liverpool after Azpilicueta’s effort hit the post but he was denied by his Senegal teammate Edouard Mendy.

“Like in the last final, in the Carabao Cup, it’s no regrets. I told the team I’m proud,” Tuchel told BBC.

“We were sure that we would be competitive and make life very difficult for Liverpool. We did it again.

“We got to 0-0 against maybe the best-attacking team in the world and we also created a lot of chances.

“We deserved it, as they deserved it as well, but again we lose on penalties.

“We are very disappointed of course. We are sad but at the same time proud.”

Alan Shearer pinpoints major mistake by Thomas Tuchel in final clash with Liverpool

Newcastle United legend, Alan Shearer, has pinpointed the mistake Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel made in the Blues’ FA Cup final against Liverpool.

He said the German tactician missed a trick with his team selection by leaving Timo Werner on the substitutes’ bench.

Werner has endured a largely difficult time at Chelsea since joining nearly two years ago from RB Leipzig.

Shearer, a Premier League legend feels Werner’s pace on the break would have represented a major threat with the Liverpool boss employing his trademark high defensive line.

He told the BBC: “No surprises to me in the Liverpool team that’s pretty much as expected.

“With Chelsea, Havertz is injured. But I’m surprised Werner’s not playing, because of his pace, because of the high line we know Liverpool play.

“I know he gets offside a lot but it would have been a huge threat for him to be running behind.”

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