Thomas Tuchel praises “fantastic” Chelsea player despite FA Cup final defeat to Leicester

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was positive with his comments about Reece James’ performance in the FA Cup final, albeit he ended up on the losing side. 

Chelsea suffered a 1-0 loss at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final against Leicester City, which was a game that allowed a section of fans into the ground at Wembley Stadium.

Youri Tielemans netted the winning goal with a superb long-range effort in the second half, and Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a couple of saves for his team late on.

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell pushed hard to find an equaliser, plus Wes Morgan’s own goal was ruled out for offside by VAR.

Despite his team’s loss, Chelsea boss Tuchel was impressed with the way James performed at the back. 


The 21-year-old defender, who usually plays as a right wing-back, slotted in effortlessly as a right-sided centre-back in part of the back three. 

However, perhaps they missed the attacking side of his game.

“Reecey played in the back three and we put Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) up higher. They changed the position because we know about the favourite position of Jamie Vardy in transition and we wanted to have Reecey’s power, Reecey’s acceleration, and top speed against him to eliminate this threat. He did fantastic today. Very very happy,” Tuchel said, as quoted by Football London.

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It wasn’t a game where Chelsea conceded a hatful of chances.

The defensive shape was good for the most part, but credit to Tielemans for a stunner that deserved to win any cup final.

Unfortunately, it’s what the Blues did with possession that frustrated supporters, as for so long they were lacking a creative spark.

Chelsea’s best chances came in the closing stages when they had to go all-out to try find an equaliser, and once again the result has left fans asking for the club to sign a recognised centre-forward for next season.

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