Tuchel explains why he left Chelsea forward on bench in FA Cup final

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained why he left Timo Werner on the bench during the FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

Tuchel made a couple of interesting substitutions during the game, to say the least.

Replacing Ruben Loftus-Cheek who had only been on the pitch for 15 minutes at that point with Ross Barkley in the second half of the extra time certainly raised some eyebrows.

Many had expected Werner, whose pace could have caused problems for Liverpool, to make an appearance given Liverpool’s high defensive line.

It was not an option, apparently, as Werner picked up an injury just before the game, similar to surprise absentee Kai Havertz.

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“Kai did not train yesterday because of hamstring problems, and he thought if he trained he would injure himself,” Tuchel explained in the post-match press conference.

“We left it until the last test this morning, but it was not possible.

“Timo was injured and uncomfortable during the warm-up and said he could not play.”

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It was really unfortunate since it was clear that Chelsea needed someone who could attack the space left behind by Liverpool’s defence, especially in the second half.

Christian Pulisic had a spell as a centre-forward but at that point, he simply looked too tired to make a difference.

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