Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel makes ‘lucky’ Leicester City claim and slams VAR after
FA Cup final loss
Thomas Tuchel insisted Chelsea deserved to beat Leicester City in the FA Cup final –
and hit out at the match officials over a key decision in the match.
Tielemans settled a closely contested encounter with a spectacular right-foot drive
that flew beyond Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into the top corner from
25 yards in the 63rd minute.
Chelsea dominated in north-west London but failed to find a breakthrough,
with Mason Mount and Cesar Azpilicueta squandering good chances to score.
Tielemans’ goal was controversial as Chelsea players complained that Ayoze Perez
had handled in the build-up and their anger was exacerbated in injury time as
Ben Chilwell’s effort was ruled out by VAR for offside.
I think we had a big [chance] one with Azpi in the first half where we have deflection
from our own player,’ said Tuchel. ‘It’s maybe our biggest chance in the whole game
and very early on that could have given us a comfortable lead to increase our confidence.
‘We were too hectic. We found spaces in front of their defence, we had accelerations
but we were too hectic and gave too many balls away where we could have created
chances. ‘In the second half we were in total control but we concede a goal out of
absolutely nothing. I mean it’s a fantastic goal but it’s a lucky goal. It’s one in 100.
‘After that [Leicester] were deep, deep, deep and had control in their half.
We create a big chance with Mason [Mount] but it’s a big save from Schmeichel
and then the offside goal.
‘We defended very, very well. They are super strong in the counter-attack but we
close down Vardy, we close down Iheanacho. ‘There’s nothing much to complain
about but you need a bit of luck. If you win consistently you need quality and you
deserve it but you need these moments to go in your direction.