THOMAS TUCHEL has revealed Timo Werner told him he did not want to play in the FA Cup Final after suffering a problem in the warm-up.
The star’s compatriot, Kai Havertz, was also another absentee from the squad due to a hamstring injury.
Discussing the problems afterwards, he said: “Kai did not train because of hamstring problems and we thought he would injure himself.
“We did a test on Saturday morning but it was not better.
“Then Timo felt uncomfortable in the warm-up and said he could not play.
“A hamstring as well. We had no options.”
That left Tuchel being forced to play midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek up front in extra-time after bringing the England man on as suv before he was replaced himself by Ross Barkley, who would score in the shoot-out.
Tuchel said: “It was clear that we would have to suffer in this game. You can’t escape a match like this without pain.
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“Taking Ruben off was purely for penalties. Ruben has not a good history statistically and Ross has.”
Chelsea have now been beaten in the last three FA Cup Finals.
They did lift the European Super Cup and Club World Cup earlier this season but have failed to add to silverware since owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned and the club put up for sale.
They also lost to Liverpool on penalties in the Carabao Cup Final back in February.
Tuchel added: “We have proved we can produce peak performances to compete with Liverpool in individual games.
“The difference is they can do it Saturday-Wednesday. They have a bigger squad.
“Like the Carabao Cup final, I have no regrets. I told the team before the game I was proud of them.
“We were competitive after the first 15 minutes, excellent. In 240 minutes of two finals we have been zero-zero against the most dangerous attacking team in the world.
“We are sad but at the same time we were proud.
“I was sure we would win right up to the last minute but unfortunately I was not right. That is life in sport.”