Thomas Tuchel subbed off substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Pictures: Getty)
Thomas Tuchel has explained why he subbed off Ruben Loftus-Cheek just 15 minutes after bringing him on during Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool.
Loftus-Cheek replaced Christian Pulisic at half-time of extra-time and slotted in as a centre forward as Chelsea chased a winner at Wembley.
But neither Chelsea or Liverpool could break the deadlock in Saturday’s final and Tuchel removed Loftus-Cheek just a few minutes before the penalty shootout, bringing on Ross Barkley.
Former Everton star Barkley took Chelsea’s fourth penalty and slotted his effort past Alisson, but the Blues nevertheless went on to lose the shootout 6-5.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Blues academy graduate Mason Mount both missed from the spot as Tuchel’s side suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool for the second time this season.
Asked whether Loftus-Cheek was injured, Tuchel said: ‘No, that was purely for penalties.
‘Ruben has not got a good history, statistically, and Ross has so it was purely because of the penalties.’
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