Thomas Tuchel said ‘luck was on Liverpool’s side’ as Chelsea suffered a second cup final defeat in four months against the Reds but the Blues’ lack of trophies has been described as ‘shameful’.
Chelsea lost the FA Cup final to Liverpool on penalties at Wembley in a repeat of their Carabao Cup heartbreak in February.
On both occasions the games went scoreless after extra time, requiring penalties to settle the score.
And Jurgen Klopp’s side prevailed each time, ending a tricky season for Chelsea on and off the pitch on a low note.
Tuchel led his side to the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup titles thanks to their Champions League success last season, but was unable to add to that tally at the moment. National level.
Meanwhile, the impending departure of sanctioned owner Roman Abramovich was a huge distraction, but Tuchel had a different cause for his gutting loss in the capital.
He told talkSPORT: “We’ve now played 240 minutes of football with Liverpool and it’s 0-0, so again we have to find a decision with penalties, and again we were second, and it hurts a lot.
“They can do that kind of performance three times a week and we can’t at the moment, we can do it against them and we can do it in the peaks but that’s where the gap is, that doesn’t has nothing to do with today, luck is on their side this season and we accept it.
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It’s easy to feel sympathy for Tuchel given his side’s closeness in both domestic competitions, but the German was still frustrated with a lack of killer instinct.
Calling his team “underdogs”, Tuchel felt that despite the injuries, the trophy was there to be won, if only his players could win it.
He said: “I think that was enough to take that trophy and at some point you have to take it, they won’t give it to you.
“We’ve been playing with a lot of injury concerns and it’s been a bit difficult the past few weeks so I think we’ve played the underdog role.
“Hold them down and had a chance to take it, get into their head, have that one goal that makes it awkward for them and even more difficult but we missed them, we missed them and 240 minutes of a goalless draw.
Former Premier League striker and talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor didn’t have too much sympathy for Tuchel, however, reminding him that he broke the club’s transfer record last summer.
Agbonlahor explained: “The squad of players they have, yes there are things off the pitch but I’ve played the game, it doesn’t affect you when you play, you put your performance into it.
“Bringing Lukaku for 90 million and being 19 points behind Manchester City is shameful for Chelsea football club with so many talented players in their squad.
“Look at their bench, [Hakim] Ziyech, [Timo] Werner, [Ruben] Loftus-cheek, [Ross] barly, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, Saul [Niguez]it continues doesn’t it.
“19 points behind the leaders, not acceptable.
“Chelsea fans wouldn’t be so hard on the manager if they were going to win a cup, but for me it’s been a bad season by Chelsea standards”
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