Furious Tuchel yet able to enjoy FA Cup Final after shock Arsenal loss


homas Tuchel remains furious about Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal, despite standing on the verge of his first trophy with the club. 

Preparations for Saturday’s FA Cup final have been overshadowed by the 1-0 loss to Mikel Arteta’s side that has placed Chelsea’s top-four hopes in jeopardy. 

Tuchel believes triumph at Wembley could be the start of a golden era for the club but admits he has struggled to shake the disappointment of Wednesday night. 

“I am not yet in the mode to enjoy it, I still have a bit of a hangover from the last defeat so I am a bit more angry,” said the German. “I am not angry at myself or the players just that we got that result and missed an opportunity. 

“Hopefully we can turn it into a good performance in preparation to push the team to the edge and get them to play sharp. That’s my responsibility. We want to show a reaction and have to show a reaction. This is it. It is a big match. It is at Wembley in an FA Cup final. 

“It is my first final here in England and it is huge. I will get carried away with emotions tomorrow. We focus to prepare my team better than we did two days ago.”

Saturday’s game is the start of a critical two weeks that could see Chelsea win a Champions League and FA Cup double, as well as secure a top-four finish. 

They play Leicester again on Tuesday in a game that could have huge implications on Champions League qualification. 

Tuchel added: “We have the challenge to focus on only this match, on us, play on the edge and we will try to do this. In terms of quality, we will have to be at our best.

“Leicester is a strong side that deserves to be in the final and two days later we compete with them for top four. This is the highest level and we need a top performance.”

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