Leicester City beat Chelsea on Saturday night to clinch their first-ever FA Cup title, signaling possible problems for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
The 1-0 defeat follows Chelsea’s English Premier League loss to Arsenal on Wednesday, where they also conceded an expensive goal and did not score any. Tuchel took responsibility for Chelsea’s midweek loss to the Gunners without hesitation.
“We had three days, we are in a good race, we were in a good mood. The choices weren’t that good today on my side for the line-up so it’s up to me. We were unlucky, of course. But today we did everything to lose, ”Tuchel told Sky Sports.
“I am not satisfied with my composition. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I shouldn’t have done it like this. It’s something special – but I won’t tell you, ”added the German boss.
But will his team selection be sorted in time to conquer the Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29? Or is the other shoe finally about to fall for the Blues?
Tuchel joined the north London squad on January 26 following the sacking of Frank Lampard. Despite the sentimental value of Lampard – a former Chelsea hero – at the helm, Lampard failed to deliver results quickly enough to secure his position at the helm for more than two and a half years.
Meanwhile, Tuchel, 47, led ambitious teams from the world’s biggest national leagues – including Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga from 2015 to 2017 and Paris Saint-Germain from Ligue 1 between 2018 and 2020 – has already scored the l story during its short months. with Chelsea.
With Chelsea’s loss to Real Madrid in the UCL semi-final earlier this month, Tuchel became the first coach to reach a European Cup or Champions League final in two consecutive seasons with different clubs (last season, he took PSG to the final).
With eleven successive clean sheets immediately after joining Chelsea, he also became the first manager in EPL history to retain consecutive clean sheets at home in their first five home games.
The real Tuchel test awaits now. In the volatile world of football, you never know what counts as a mark against your eligibility as a manager. Is it enough for Tuchel to just bring Chelsea to the UCL final, even if they lose? Or is it already too much to ask of a manager who has been at the helm for no more than four months – to win Europe’s biggest title?
For Guardiola, the wait is even greater. City have never won a Champions League (compared to Chelsea’s title alone) and Guardiola has had four seasons to get there. If Tuchel can achieve what Guardiola could not in almost half a decade, in just four months …
Well, we guess that’s what makes this game so irresistible. Everything can happen.