The sweatshirt lacks killer cloth
Chelsea suffered a penalty shootout heartbreak at the hands of Liverpool for the second time this season, Jack Rosser wrote.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are still on track for a superb quartet after Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount’s penalty failures at Wembley awarded the Reds their first FA Cup under the German.
Chelsea have had to ride their luck at times – recovering from a poor start in which Luis Diaz could have scored twice.
But they had a lot of opportunities themselves and were wasting a lot when it really mattered.
American Christian Pulisic sent good chances widely in the first half while he should have played a better ball for Marcos Alonso in the first half.
Alonso was racing but the pass forced him into a heavy touch, allowing Alisson to make a save.
Pulisic was Chelsea’s most dangerous player – but he failed when it mattered most.
President Thomas Tuchel must take some of the blame, too. With Liverpool leaving acres of space thanks to their high streak, Pulisic showed that speed can hurt them.
Despite this, Tuchel decided to keep Timo Werner’s confidence on the bench, instead turning to Hakim Ziyech and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to bolster the offensive line.
It’s very difficult to lose on penalties again, especially with Chelsea legend, Azpilicueta, and another in the making, Mount, for both letting the Blues down.
Tuchel’s real task at Chelsea is to ensure they blend together with Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table next season. After four draws in four games against Liverpool this season, Chelsea will feel close to doing so. To make the next move, they need a killer touch at critical times.
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