Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that his side’s FA Cup defeat against Liverpool on Saturday ‘hurts’.
After 120 minutes of football without a goal the title was decided via spot kicks, with the Blues eventually losing 6-5 on penalties against the Reds.
It was Chelsea’s third consecutive FA Cup final loss, with Tuchel’s side having just two games left to play this season.
The German boss spoke to the club website after the game and revealed his pride for the team, but also claimed that the defeat is hurting.
“I was super happy to be here again, to deserve to play this final again. The way we played again, we can be nothing but proud.
“We left everything on the pitch. There are no regrets. We are disappointing and sad.
“We deserved it the same way Liverpool deserved it. We couldn’t get it for the second time in a row now, not even the second time vs Liverpool with the Carabao and FA but also second time after Leicester. It hurts.”
He also said that he and the team will learn from the loss on Saturday in the hopes of strengthening in the future.
“Always. Every experience helps. Like it or not. You always learn. You like to be on the winning side.
“We did everything in Carabao Cup and FA Cup to be the deserved winners, especially the two fantastic finals. That’s it. Like it or not, we need to play again on Thursday and secure our goals in Premier League.”
Jurgen Klopp has dedicated Liverpool’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea to a company he has been working closely with over the last two years that helps improve teams in penalty shoot-outs.
The Reds are still in the running for an unlikely quadruple, with both of the trophies they have in the bag already won at Wembley against Chelsea via dramatic penalty shoot-outs. The Carabao Cup final saw all 11 players step up and take a spot-kick before Blues ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga missed the decisive penalty.
More recently, Saturday saw Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount become the guilty parties for the Blues as Klopp’s men lifted more silverware under the iconic Wembley arch. Reds’ shot-stopper Alisson Becker saved Mount’s, while Sadio Mane was the only Liverpool player not to convert.
Once the final whistle was blown to mark the end of extra-time, Klopp quickly got to work with his players. Football psychology researcher, consultant, and speaker Geir Jordet broke down how the German approached each of Liverpool’s takers and appeared to give them words of encouragement followed by a hug, potentially easing any nerves some may have had.
The Reds boss appeared to issue his instructions quickly and emphatically, motivating his troops with a rallying cry before they made the long walk from the halfway line to the penalty spot. The mood among the Liverpool huddle was notably one of more confidence and assertiveness than their Chelsea counterparts.
Liverpool had actually long broken up their team huddle and the players made their way to the halfway line while Thomas Tuchel was still relaying the plan to a nervous-looking Chelsea side. While that was going on, Klopp was even spotted sharing a laugh with Virgil van Dijk who was withdrawn before the shoot-out.
Given Klopp’s brief team talk finished long before Tuchel’s, the Liverpool players were able to choose which side of the pitch they formed a line-up on. They opted to stand closer to the dugout, meaning instructions were able to be relayed from the dugout far easier.
It would seem that the most important factor to Liverpool’s recent penalty shoot-out joy is Klopp’s ability to communicate with the same sort of affection and calm manner he is famed for in the most intense, pressurised environment.
With that win, attention almost immediately turns to the next time Liverpool could be placed in a similar situation – the Champions League final later this month. The Reds know they are in safe hands if they have to topple Real Madrid via yet another penalty shoot-out in Paris.
Trent Alexander-Arnold completed his trophy set as a Liverpool player following yesterday’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.
The 23-year-old has now become the youngest English men’s player to win every available trophy at club level, having lifted the FA Cup, Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup, Super Cup, Club World Cup during Jurgen Klopp’s reign as manager.
Alexander-Arnold impressed for the Reds on the big stage once again on Saturday afternoon, helping the Reds edge Thomas Tuchel’s side in tense Wembley showdown.
Recognising his impressive honours list after the game, the Liverpool right-back posted an image on his Instagram page holding the FA Cup with the caption of ‘completed the set’. This prompted a response from Barcelona defender Dani Alves, an individual who knows a thing or two about winning titles himself.
Alves is the most decorated player in football history, having claimed over 40 major honours during his glittering career as a professional and told Alexander-Arnold: “Congratulations ma bud. Top-level.”
Cleary an admirer of the West Derby-born star, this is not the first time the Brazilian has sung the praises of the Reds’ local hero. Speaking to FourFourTwo in March, Alves said: “I admire Trent Alexander-Arnold very much.
“He’s a fantastic footballer – this guy has got world-class skills. I also like to watch Reece James and Achraf Hakimi. They mix strength with technique and are also great players. The three of them obviously have different characteristics and styles, but they all know how to do the job.”
Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho included three Liverpool players in his all-time Premier League Brazilian five-a-side team and lifted the lid on what it’s like to play under Steven Gerrard.
Coutinho, who signed for Aston Villa on a permanent deal on Thursday for £17m after initially joining on loan in January, made 201 appearances for Liverpool between 2013-2018. He scored 54 goals for the club before a £142m move to Barcelona that never quite worked out. He has netted three goals and added four assists in 16 appearances since returning to England.
When asked for his all-time Premier League Brazilian five-a-side team, the playmaker included Alisson, Roberto Firmino and former Red Lucas Leiva. Thiago Silva and Willian were the other two members of Coutinho’s side but he was full of praise for the current and former Liverpool trio. “Alisson, he’s a great keeper,” Coutinho told the Premier League’s YouTube channel .
“Lucas was so good at everything and it was amazing to play with him. His mentality is so strong, he has great qualities and his passes are always breaking the lines. I played with Firmino and he’s great. I enjoyed playing with him. We would have a good connection [in this team] and in small spaces like with Futsal we could have some fun.”
Coutinho and Gerrard linked up superbly well when they played together. This resulted in Coutinho winning the Liverpool Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the Season awards in both 2014/15 and 2015/16. The Brazilian outlined what it is like to play under Reds legend Gerrard and explained the similarities between the Aston Villa manager as a captain and a coach. Coutinho said: “His ambition is still the same – he wants to win the games, help us to be better on the pitch and day-by-day in training. As captain he was always talking to the players and he’s still the same. It’s just that he doesn’t play anymore but his ambition is the same.”
“It’s nice [to have the relationship]. I have always had big admiration for him. I think all the players here watched him play a lot with great qualities and everyone is here to work well and learn from him.”
A castle situated more than 40 miles away from the city tells the story of Liverpool’s past.
Liverpool Castle was created in Rivington, near Chorley, in 1912 by soap factory boss William Lever, who also founded Port Sunlight. Based on the bank of Rivington reservoir the castle is actually a replica of a castle which once stood in Liverpool city centre on the site that’s now occupied by Derby Square and Liverpool Crown Court.
The original Castle of Liverpool was built in the 1200s as a result of King John issuing a Letters Patents, popularly known as the Royal Charter, to Liverpool – at a time when the tiny fishing port was becoming an important trading centre.
The site chosen was a plateau overlooking the River Mersey. But by the 16th century the castle was said to be in an advanced state of decay, and the last remaining ruins were finally removed in 1726. The design of the Crown Court building was “inspired” by the fact that it is close to the site of the old Castle of Liverpool, while the name Castle Street commemorates the building itself.
It wasn’t until decades later that a replica of the castle was built in Rivington where people can now go and experience history for themselves. The building work on Liverpool Castle stopped in 1925 when William Lever died, although the castle was always intended to look like a ruin.
With crumbling walls, towers and secret passageways, the castle is a great place to explore.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted that City’s capture of Erling Haaland doesn’t mean he will stay at the club beyond the end of his contract.
Guardiola’s deal expires at the end of next season and it is widely expected that he will extend his time at the Etihad. After Jurgen Klopp signed a new deal until 2026 last month and Haaland agreed a five-year-deal, the assumption is that the Spaniard would prolong his six-year-spell in Manchester.
However, speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash against West Ham, Guardiola insisted the £51m acquisition will still be happy even if he doesn’t remain at the club. “The players who come here don’t come to play for me, they come to play in this league and for this club,” said Guardiola.
“It’s so important the people [fans], the way we play, the team we are, the city, where we are in the league, how we are expected to play in the Champions League the next seasons. Many things are involved. People come not just for a month or a year. Sergio [Agüero] came here and did 10 years, David Silva came here and did 10 years and Vincent [Kompany, actually 11] the same and Yaya Touré [eight years]. Many important players arrive here and stay a long time. How long depends if they are happy here.
“What we do is make them feel happy in the city, in the locker room, playing in the Premier League and many things. After that, who knows what will happen. But this is the idea.”
City are three points clear of Liverpool with just two games to play ahead of this week’s Premier League fixtures. With a goal difference seven better off than the Reds, Guardiola’s side are clear favourites but he is taking nothing for granted. He said: “Winning the Premier League is important. We mathematically need four points but we are going to play to win the first one and after then the second one against Aston Villa with our people when everything will be sold out [at the Etihad Stadium] in order to make three points and win the title. That is our only target. That is why it’s West Ham, West Ham and West Ham. Not the future, not anything else. The present is the most important.”
Frank Lampard has settled on a formula and he should stick with it. While the draw at Watford was frustrating, it highlighted the limitations of the Everton squad at this particular time, in this specific scenario. There is potential for much better, but right now it is important to be pragmatic.
But while I would keep the formation that has made Everton so hard to beat in recent weeks, I would slightly freshen things up. Allan is the necessary change, coming in for the injured Fabian Delph. I would then bring in Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Demarai Gray. It would give Everton a mobile targetman, allow Richarlison to slot into his more natural position out wide and provide Lampard with the chance to unleash Gray in the second half when he could be potent.
Maintaining a solid base, gaining a foothold in the game and looking to be more ruthless when chances come – as they will in front of the Goodison crowd – will hopefully be enough to get a result that takes Everton a long way towards safety.
The time has come for Frank Lampard to set-up his Everton side to take the game to an opponent. Despite having had success playing with five at the back in recent weeks, the Blues may benefit from a more attacking approach.
As a result, Lampard should go four at the back with Seamus Coleman on the right, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane in the middle, and Vitaliy Mykolenko on the left. Jordan Pickford will, of course, start in goal.
While in midfield, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure should start in the middle, with Alex Iwobi in front of them. Anthony Gordon should start on the right, with Richarlison on the left, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top.
My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Mykolenko; Allan, Doucoure; Gordon, Iwobi, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
Paul Wheelock – “Enter Dominic Calvert-Lewin”
It’s already a massive match for the Blues – but it will become even bigger by the time kick-off arrives. As by then they will know the results of the Burnley and Leeds United games. But however their relegation rivals fare, Frank Lampard knows that four points from the final three fixtures should do it. But I don’t think anyone of an Everton persuasion would want it going to the last day at Arsenal so, if Leeds and Burnley do not provide a helping hand, the job must be done at Goodison today and on Thursday when Crystal Palace visit.
The Blues, then, must show more than they did in the draw at Watford. There’s a strong argument to suggest Lampard should change to a more attacking formation but, personally, I did not feel that was the ‘problem’ at Vicarage Road. It was more to do with the fact his side did not play with the tempo or the sharpness needed in the final third against opponents who were there for the taking. Brentford, no doubt, will not be, and I can’t help but think the manager needs to freshen it up a little bit this afternoon.
Enter Dominic Calvert-Lewin. It’s been a wretched season for the striker and, if the rumours are correct, clubs want to make it his last at Goodison Park. But there is still time for the No.9 to go out on a high – and getting the goals that secure the club’s survival would be the perfect way to do it.
Players like Alex Iwobi and Fabian Delph have shown in recent weeks how the narrative can be flipped so, along with Allan for the injured Delph, I would bring DCL in for Demarai Gray, who can be used off the bench.
My team (3-4-3): Pickford; Coleman, Holgate, Keane; Iwobi, Allan, Doucoure, Mykolenko; Gordon, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Jody Morris has claimed that it would be a ‘shame’ if Liverpool forward Mo Salah is unable to make the Champions League final against Real Madrid after he picked up an injury in the FA Cup final.
In the first half, the heart of Liverpool fans would have been in their mouth when their wing wizard walked off the Wembley pitch.
One of the world’s best players had to resort to watching from the sidelines, as the Reds beat Chelsea on penalties for the second time in as many months.
But, in less than a few weeks, it’s the big one in Paris, when the Spanish champions Real Madrid await them for the biggest club competition of them all.
Ex-Chelsea coach Morris shared that he ‘loves’ Salah as a player and is hoping he can exact revenge against Madrid, as he told the Kick Off.
“From a Chelsea perspective, of course, you never want to see anybody injured,” said Morris.
“But you are quite happy when their best player is leaving the pitch.
“At the same time, for Liverpool and for Salah, I am absolutely gutted that he could be injured.
“I love him as a player and I think he has been outstanding. It will be such a shame if he’s (not in the Champions League). You absolutely want it to be lit it up with the world’s best.”
Out of all the Liverpool players, the one that HAS to play is Salah, especially after what happened last time out.
It’s just a shame that Sergio Ramos, who infamously played a part in Salah’s injury in that final, won’t be there because he is now in PSG colours.
But, as Joe Cole noticed went the Liverpool players were celebrating their FA Cup win, both Salah, and Virgil van Dijk, who also went off injured, seemed to be ‘moving well’ after that gruelling penalty shootout.
Either way, Salah will be one hungry animal in France and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he rips Real Madrid apart.
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