Tuchel: I picked the wrong team


Tuchel: I picked the wrong team
Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v Arsenal - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - May 12, 2021 Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel during the match Pool via REUTERS/Catherine Ivill

In Summary

  • Tuchel suffered only the second defeat since taking charge at Stamford Bridge with the Blues unable to cut through a defensive Arsenal side who hung onto their 16th-minute opener
  • That defeat, which opens the door for Liverpool to cut their cushion inside the top four to only a point, came less than three days before Tuchel will lead his side out at Wembley in Saturday's FA Cup final to face Leicester

Thomas Tuchel blamed his own team selection for Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal, after making seven changes to his line-up ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Tuchel suffered only the second defeat since taking charge at Stamford Bridge with the Blues unable to cut through a defensive Arsenal side who hung onto their 16th-minute opener, scored by Emile Smith Rowe after a Jorginho defensive howler.

That defeat, which opens the door for Liverpool to cut their cushion inside the top four to only a point, came less than three days before Tuchel will lead his side out at Wembley in Saturday’s FA Cup final to face Leicester, who will enjoy a day more of rest having played Manchester United on Tuesday.

Having already made five changes to face Manchester City at the weekend from the side that beat Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, Tuchel kept only four players from that game to face the Gunners on Wednesday night – and admitted it had been a step too far.

He told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.

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