Some Chelsea fans are looking beyond the VAR decision and indecision in the final of FA Cup against Leicester City as they agreed that the loss should be blamed on one man.
What promised to be a bright end to the season, all of a sudden is now looking a bit bleak. There were warning signs as the Blues fell to a meek 1-0 loss at home to Arsenal in the Premier League during the week.
Unfortunately they suffered back to back losses for the first time under Thomas Tuchel, succumbing to a controversial 1-0 defeat to Leicester City in the final of the Emirates FA Cup.Both sides lined up with three man defenses and what ensued was an interesting but conservative first half, which ended goalless. Neither goalkeeper had much to worry about, with Chelsea’s attackers – perhaps with the exception of Mason Mount – putting in flat performances, while the Chelsea back line held Thiago Silva and Kelechi Iheanacho in check.
The second half proceeded with perhaps as higher tempo than the first, but it never truly burst into life until the 63rd minute: Ayoze Perez deflected Reece James pass into the oath of Luke Thomas, and the youngster laid the ball to Youri Tielemans. The Belgian then surged into space as Chelsea failed to close him down, before firing a stunner past Kepa and into the back of the net.
Of course there are lots of talking points from this one, from Leicester making history once again, to the two controversial decisions that went against Chelsea. But while Chelsea can feel hard done by VAR and the officiating, they really only have themselves to blame for this loss. The blame should fall on one man, in particular.
None other than the boss himself; Thomas Tuchel.
He opted to start Marcos Alonso at left wingback, leaving out Ben Chilwell. It proved to be one of many poor decisions made by the former PSG boss, with Alonso going on to have an underwhelming game. Chilwell had a far more positive impact, forcing Schmeichel to a top class save before forcing an equalizer, which was unfortunately ruled out.
He simply cannot afford to bottle the top four and the Champions League.