Tuchel ‘proud’ and ‘no regrets’ Chelsea suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak in FA Cup final


Chelsea missed the chance to lift the FA Cup today, with the Blues losing on penalties to Liverpool after an epic encounter in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

by Jurgen Klopp Liverpool It absolutely flew off the blocks immobilizing a shell that caught Chelsea with her back to the edge of her own box. Time and time again, the Reds midfield was able to throw balls back to the impressive Luis Diaz and the Colombian attacker almost opened the scoring early on, but his effort was deflected off the line after Edouard Mendy’s opening save.

chelsea However, he came close to opening the scoring midway through the first half, Christian Pulisic’s scrape shot from a Mason Mount cut agonizingly past the far post.

Despite having very little of the ball, Thomas Tuchel’s side came close again a few minutes later, with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson brilliantly denying Marcos Alonso as the Spanish left-back found the net.

Worryingly for Reds fans, Mohamed Salah was forced to retire through injury and just before half-time as his replacement, Diogo Jota had a great chance, but the Portuguese international finished from six yards off an Andy Robertson cross.

It would be Chelsea’s turn to start the second period like a freight train, with only a few good goalkeepers from Alisson and wood preventing the Blues from taking the lead in the opening minutes of the second half.

Despite the lack of goals, it was a highly entertaining end-to-end encounter with Pulisic and Dias both close to their respective sides from the edge of the area.

Five minutes from time Liverpool were on the verge of scoring again, but Robertson could only volley the post from a few yards after finishing off a James Milner cross.

In the end, this exciting matchup would end the same way as the Carabao Cup final between these two brilliant teams with the tie going into extra time.

The quality understandably slipped in extra time with both teams looking at their feet and after 120 minutes of gripping action, the 150th FA Cup Final went to penalties.

Sadio Mane would have a chance to win the trophy for Liverpool with his sides’ fifth penalty kick after Chelsea’s cup captain Cesar Azpilicueta hit the post. However, facing his Senegal team-mate , Mendy, Mane’s effort didn’t go far enough into the corner. allowing the Chelsea goalkeeper to duck and send the shootout to sudden death.

The tide seemed to turn in Chelsea’s favor at that point and Hakim Ziyech confidently stepped forward to dispatch his effort. However, Diogo Jota refused to buckle under the pressure and calmly shot his penalty into the top corner.

Mason Mount, who previously missed in a penalty shootout against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup, was next and sadly for the Blues Academy graduate, his meek effort was saved by man mountain Alisson. Greece full-back Konstantinos Tsimikas was handed the responsibility of taking the 14th penalty of the shoot-out and the 26-year-old duly stepped forward and fired low into the bottom corner to seal FA Cup glory for his side and keep their hopes alive. of win. earning an unprecedented quadruple alive.

Speaking later, Blues boss Tuchel was proud of his sides’ display, even though they failed to cross the line and lift the trophy.

”Like in the last final, the Carabao Cup, I don’t regret it. I told the team that I was proud,” Tuchel told his post-match press conference.

”We played 240 minutes of the final team against perhaps the most dangerous attacking team in the world and we are 0-0. We lose on penalties and we are disappointed and sad, but at the same time proud because we showed everything we need.

“I was sure during the match that the momentum was on our side, but unfortunately it wasn’t right.”

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Chelsea after the game and Tuchel insisted that he has a superior team and that the only thing that separates Man City and Liverpool from his side is consistency.

“We have everything we need to win trophies, we proved it by the way. We have a Club World Cup and a European Super Cup and I’m not sorry that it was at the beginning of the season and in winter.

“We were good in the Champions League, strong in both domestic cups, we can produce top performances and we have the mentality at the club to shape the mentality of the players, but Man City and Liverpool have shown that you need this on a consistent basis.

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