Tinkering Tuchel to learn from defeat

13 May 2021 18:36:11 GMTPlus10

Thomas Tuchel has taken responsibility for Chelsea's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal after making seven changes to his starting XI.

The Blues are 8/15 to lift the FA Cup by beating 6/4 opponents Leicester on Saturday but they go into the cup final after suffering just their third defeat since Tuchel took charge in January.

A poor back pass from Jorginho allowed Emile Smith Rowe to give Arsenal an early lead and although Chelsea dominated possession, they were unable to hit back against their London rivals.

Maybe we deserved this, we will learn something.

Thomas Tuchel

The Blues missed the chance to go above Leicester into third place in the table after the Foxes' 2-1 win at a second-string Manchester United side on Tuesday.

They are six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham, having played one match more than the Hammers, while Liverpool are seven points back with two games in hand.

Tuchel confirmed that Kepa Arrizabalaga, who started in goal against Arsenal, will keep his place for the cup final while the rested N'Golo Kante is also set to start against his former club on Saturday.

Chelsea also host Leicester in their next Premier League fixture before finishing their league campaign with a trip to Aston Villa six days before their Champions League final against Manchester City.

Speaking after the defeat, Tuchel said: "I'm a bit angry that we had so many changes, that's on me. We can't expect to win games if we're not 100 per cent.

"I'm not happy with what I saw. I have my responsibility because I picked the line-up but the performance was the performance. We didn't have a shot for almost the whole second half. Maybe we deserved this, we will learn something."

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