Chelsea were stunned on Saturday as Leicester beat them 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup for the first time. The Blues went into the game as favourites to lift the prize. However, they were rocked by Brendan Rodgers’ team with Youri Tielemans scoring the only goal of the game.
Chelsea were poor against Leicester.
Though they had more of the ball, more shots and completed more passes, they never turned up for the big occasion.
Tuchel’s side were bested by a Tielemans screamer, with the Belgium international’s shot sailing into the top corner beyond the reach of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
It means Leicester have been crowned FA Cup champions for the first time in their history.
But, for Chelsea, it was a nightmare afternoon and the lowest point of their season so far.
Express Sport will now take a look at three players who toiled, proving they’re the weak links currently in Tuchel’s side.
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To make things clear, Reece James isn’t a weak link when he’s deployed at right-back or right-wing back.
But the England international looked vulnerable playing in a back three, with Tuchel’s decision also restricting his attacking outlet.
James wasn’t able to get forward with his usual gusto and Cesar Azpilicueta should have been fielded there instead.
He was at fault for Leicester’s winner, giving the ball away before Tielemans let rip.
And Tuchel should play him in his natural position from now on because this experiment, simply put, failed to pay off.
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Hakim Ziyech has had his moments for Chelsea this season.
He was outstanding in the semi-final win over Manchester City in the same competition and also sparkled when they beat Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League recently.
But the Morocco international is far too inconsistent.
There were always going to be teething problems given he arrived from Ajax but, far too often this season, he’s gone missing when the heat is on.
Chelsea need somebody more incisive on the flanks and it was no surprise to see his number come up amid the heat of the Wembley battle.
Timo Werner doesn’t deserve to be written off as a Chelsea flop just yet.
However, the Germany international isn’t good enough to lead the line and endured another troublesome day at the office.
Werner’s wasteful finishing didn’t impress Tuchel on the touchline, with his manager cutting a frustrated figure throughout the match.
Chelsea need a new striker so they can use Werner as a partner in crime, rather than a leading man.
But the way Tuchel lost his cool regularly during the match suggests patience over at Stamford Bridge is starting to wear thin.
Tuchel laments VAR
Tuchel thinks Chelsea deserved to win against Leicester and claimed VAR should have cancelled out Tielemans’ goal due to a handball in the buildup.
“The players said straight away it was a handball,” said Tuchel.
“So now for the second game in a row there was a handball against us, and VAR is not interfering.
“Against Arsenal there was one on the line, and again today, and they are very decisive.
“I’m not an expert in handball any more, I don’t know when it’s handball or not.
“I don’t know any more when they need to punish it or it’s OK to play with the hand.
“We were unlucky today. But there’s never any guarantee you’ll end up with a trophy.
“I think we would have deserved to win but we have to accept defeat.”