Tuchel explains Tammy Abraham’s absence in FA Cup final

Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has revelaed he couldn’t include Tammy Abraham in the matchday squad for FA Cup final due to having three number nines – Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Kai Havertz. Having lost to Leicester City in the FA Cup final, the Blues will come up against Brendan Rodgers’ side tomorrow in a vital league match, which could decide the race for top four.

Speaking ahead of their game against Leicester City, Thomas Tuchel admitted that Liverpool’s injury time winner against West Brom made the top four race more interesting. The German added “I came home in the afternoon and I switched on the TV and saw 1-1.”

I thought: ‘Oh, that wouldn’t be a bad result’. I was a bit superstitious and I did not follow it. I checked on my phone in the 95th minute and it was still 1-1. Then I checked one minute later and I realised that superstitions don’t always work! So it doesn’t make things boring. It was a fantastic header. I saw it today and it makes things pretty interesting and tight. But still, it is in our hands.”

Someone asked me after the final if it was a major setback ahead of Tuesday. But no, that was the Arsenal game we lost last week. It was our fault that it is so close again. We left the door open and Liverpool put their foot into the door. This is what they do.”

Speaking on Tammy Abraham’s absence in the FA Cup final, Tuchel said “I decided to start Timo Werner in the number nine role and we had Kai Havertz and Olivier Giroud on the bench. So we decided not to have three number nines on the bench. This is it, it’s never personal.”

When Kova (Mateo Kovacic) and Andreas Christensen, maybe, come back into the squad, I need to figure out the squad and maybe eliminate two more players.”

This is the worst day and worst decision for me in the whole week. Because since I arrived here everybody deserves to be in the squad. I understand his frustration and it was not the first time. We have other guys with the same situation to face.”

But this is not the moment to complain, and this is not the moment to explain too much. This is the moment just to live in the moment. These are the two decisive weeks now of the whole season.

Source: Daily Mail

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