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Monday, May 16, 2022

"It would have been a huge threat" - Alan Shearer points out mistake made by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in FA Cup loss to Liverpool

  Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer shared what Chelsea could've done differently in their FA Cup final defeat to Liverpoo...

 

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer shared what Chelsea could've done differently in their FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool on May 14. He said that Blues manager Thomas Tuchel should've started striker Timo Werner.

The west London club lost 6-5 on penalties at the Wembley after a goalless 120 minutes. Both teams were guilty of squandering some great chances.

 With Chelsea needing a cutting edge in attack, many hoped to see Werner in action. Shearer believed the same. The former England striker said on BBC (via Mirror) before kick-off:   


  “With Chelsea, Havertz is injured. But I’m surprised Werner’s not playing, because of his pace, because of the high line we know Liverpool play. I know he gets offside a lot but it would have been a huge threat for him to be running behind.”

Werner didn't feature in the entire game. Many were perplexed by the decision. Tuchel explained after the game that his compatriot seemed to have picked up an injury during warm-up. He said:

“Then Timo felt uncomfortable in the warm-up and said he could not play. A hamstring as well. We had no options.”


With Kai Havertz also injured, Werner's absence turned out to be a huge loss for the Blues against a high-line playing Liverpool side.

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