THOMAS TUCHEL has revealed that Timo Werner had told him he did not want to play in the FA Cup final after suffering a problem during the warm-up.
Chelsea fans were shocked when the German forward was left as an unused substitute during the penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool at Wembley.
The star’s compatriot Kai Havertz was also another absentee from the squad due to a hamstring injury.
Now Blues boss Tuchel has told supporters that Werner also hurt him moments before the game as he prepared for the showdown.
After discussing the issues, he said: “Kai wasn’t training because of hamstring problems and we thought he was going to injure himself.
“We did a test on Saturday morning, but it was no better.
“Then Timo felt uncomfortable in the warm-up and said he couldn’t play.
“Also a hamstring. We had no options.”
As a result, Tuchel was forced to play midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek up front in extra time after deploying the England man as an SUV before being replaced himself by Ross Barkley, who would score in the shoot-out.
Tuchel said: “Obviously we would have to suffer in this game. You can’t escape a match like this without pain.
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“Removing Ruben was purely for penalties. Ruben doesn’t have a good history statistically and Ross does.”
Chelsea have now been beaten in the last three FA Cup finals.
They did win the European Super Cup and Club World Cup earlier this season but have failed to add to the 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 in February.
Tuchel added: “We have proven that we can deliver top performances to compete with Liverpool in individual matches.
“The difference is that they can do it Saturday-Wednesday. They have a bigger squad.
“Like the Carabao Cup final, I don’t regret it. I told the team before the game that I was proud of them.
“We were competitive after the first 15 minutes, excellent. In 240 minutes of two finals we were nil-nil against the most dangerous attacking team in the world.
“We are sad, but also proud at the same time.
“I was sure we would win until the last minute, but unfortunately I was wrong. That is life in sport.”