Tuchel ahead of FA Cup final: “It will be a shock, but so nice “
Chelsea head into double final with Leicester angry
Thomas Tuchel starts his final weeks at Chelsea FC with anger rather than pleasure on Saturday. He faces a first in the FA Cup final.
Chelsea FC players have known about two finals in May for a little while now, but on Wednesday they accidentally qualified for a third. Between the FA Cup and Champions League final, there is suddenly another one in the Premier League.
After their unexpected 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, Liverpool FC (5th, 60 points, one game down) now join Chelsea (4th, 64 points) and Leicester (3rd, 66 points) in having Champions League qualification in their own hands via the league – as Chelsea and Leicester meet directly on Thursday.
Enjoy? Tuchel is “still hungover “
This Saturday, however, the two teams will first battle it out at Wembley for the FA Cup. “It’s a bit curious that we have two finals against the same team,” Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said on Friday. “It will be very, very tough, complicated and difficult.”
The 47-year-old could win his first title with Chelsea and become the first German coach ever to win the FA Cup. What emotions will he go into it with? “I’m not in the mood to enjoy it yet,” he admitted, “I’m still hungover from the last defeat, so I’m rather a bit angry.”
Tuchel looking forward to noise: around 22,000 fans in attendance at Wembley
But that anger was not directed at his team or himself – Tuchel had blamed both after the Arsenal game – but at the “missed opportunity”. Now he wants to turn it into a “good performance” against Leicester. “That’s my responsibility.”
There is a special “boost” (Tuchel) without further ado: around 22,000 spectators are expected at Wembley. “It will be a shock tomorrow to go on the pitch and hear noise,” said Tuchel, who can call on N’golo Kanté and Mateo Kovacic. “But it will be so nice!”