Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel laments bad luck as Leicester City pip Blues to FA Cup glory

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Thomas Tuchel has claimed that his Chelsea players were simply unlucky throughout Saturday’s FA Cup final, which saw Leicester City clinch the trophy with a narrow 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium. A stunning second-half strike from Youri Tielemans secured a famous win for the Foxes, who were the better side for large parts of the match, but it could be argued that the Blues were slightly unfortunate to taste defeat.

A number of Chelsea players believed that the Belgian midfielder’s goal should not have stood for an apparent handball by Ayoze Perez in the build-up.

Despite their frustrations, Tuchel’s side huffed and puffed as the clock ticked down, but were unable to break Leicester’s resistance and force the match into extra-time.

The Blues thought they had equalised when Ben Chilwell’s cross deflected over the line off the back of Wes Morgan, but the goal was promptly ruled out after a VAR intervention sparked a marginal but correct offside decision against the England left-back.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Tuchel decided against directing his fury towards the officials, instead remaining humble in defeat and admitting that it was Leicester’s day to shine.

“Of course, we are disappointed but we are not angry, it’s not on our boys,” said the German boss.

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“Today we are simply unlucky. We have never hidden the fact that you need luck in this game to be able to win on this level.

“All the time you need momentum, little details and decision making, referee and sometimes with a shot like today.

“We defended very, very well, were aggressive in counter-pressing, we didn’t allow any counter-attack chances, no half-chances, and I was absolutely happy with the work-rate intensity.

“But our decision-making was a bit too hectic, [we played] a bit too straight up front. We wanted to force the solution too far, we had unnecessary ball losses and imprecise decision making.

“We created some two-against-two and two-against-three situations, that we couldn’t do as well as we should have.

“We had a big, big chance with [Cesar] Azpilicueta in the first half. A big chance, maybe the biggest in the game. In the second half we controlled the match even higher, completely in the opponent’s half.

“The spaces were closer but then we concede a goal out of nothing. It’s a fantastic goal but a lucky goal of course. Then we have a big chance with Mason [Mount] and it’s a fantastic save from [Kasper] Schmeichel.

“We have an offside goal that’s very close. So we were unlucky today. When you arrive in a final, there are no guarantee you end up with a trophy.”

The result saw Chelsea beaten for the second time in as many matches, a first for Tuchel since replacing Frank Lampard at the helm in January.

The Blues will be looking to rescue their form before this month’s Champions League final against Manchester City in Porto.

When quizzed on what his side need to do in order to bounce back, Tuchel suggested that an improved performance against Leicester in the Premier League on Tuesday evening would be the ideal starting point.

“There’s nothing much to do,” he added. “We focus on our performance. This is what we always do.

“In a final, you take any excuse and take any result or win no matter how you get your hands on the trophy.

“In general, though, we are about performance and we will now work out what we did well, what we can do better, to get ready on Tuesday.

“In sports there is no team that never loses, no player that never loses. Now it’s about coming back, bouncing back, showing mentality again, and belief on Tuesday.

“We missed a trophy and we are very sad about it but we have another competition now with two finals against Leicester and Aston Villa. And then another final.”

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