FA Cup: ‘Leicester scored lucky goal’, Tuchel reacts to Chelsea’s loss




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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refused to criticise his side and instead put their defeat down to falling on wrong side of fine margins, from Tielemans’ winner to offside call on Chilwell.

“Of course we’re disappointed, but not angry with our performance and on our boys,” said Tuchel. “ thought our performance was enough to win it, but today we were simply unlucky.

“We’ve never hidden fact that you need luck in this game to be able to win at this level. You need a certain momentum, little details and decision-making from referee. Sometimes, with a shot [from Tielemans] like today… we defended really well and were very aggressive in counter-pressing.

“We defended up the pitch and we didn’t allow any half-chances for one of the most dangerous counter-attacking teams in Europe. was absolutely happy with the work rate and intensity.

“But we were a bit too hectic with our decision-making in the first half, going too straight up front, trying to force the solution too fast. We had some unnecessary ball losses and some unprecise decision-making.

“We had against three situations that were more promising than we made of it. We had a big chance with [Cesar] Azpilicueta… maybe the biggest in the whole game, and in the half we controlled the match even more.


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“We were completely in the opponent’s half but then we conceded a goal out of nothing. It’s a fantastic goal but it’s a lucky goal.

“We had a big chance with Mason [Mount] which brought a fantastic save from [Kasper] Schmeichel and then we had an offside goal so we were unlucky today. When you arrive in the final, you have guarantee of the trophy. thought we deserved to win but we have to accept that we were unlucky today.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday, when the teams meet again in a crucial top-four race clash at Stamford , Tuchel called on his players to respond in the right way.

“There’s nothing much to do – we just have to focus on our performance [in the next ],” he said.

“In a final, you normally make an excuse and say you don’t care how you perform, you just take any win and get your hands on the trophy, but in we are about the performance. Now, we must focus on what we did well and get ready for Tuesday.

“There’s no team in sport who doesn’t lose. Now it’s about bouncing back and showing our mentality and belief. We miss a trophy which we’re very sad about not winning but we now have finals against Leicester and Aston Villa as well as another final [against City]. We cannot regret for too long.”

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