Tuchel over a penalty shootout in the FA Cup

Tuchel had good news on Friday afternoon. Mateo Kovacic, which was recently replaced with an ankle injury, received the green light from the medical department for an assignment on Saturday (5:45 p.m., live! At final).

"We'll try it today. Mateo wants to try it. He has no new injury, but severe pain. We hope that time will be enough for him," Tuchel said, praising his defensive midfielder in the highest tones: "He is not only A fantastic player, but also a great guy. We really missed him this season because of some injuries. He was excellent in the games against Liverpool and we will try everything that he can play. "

N’Golo Kanté also has hope in the last injured. He had recently trained again and you will wait and see whether the body shows a reaction. Tuchel also said that it was now the time in the season to take a risk.

chelseas momentum is right again

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Chelsea's coach sees itself well prepared for the final. "The momentum is right after the reaction in Leeds," he emphasized, hoping that the previously weak appearances will be forgotten. "We have to leave everything on the pitch. It will arrive on details," he knows about the narrow and intensive duels against Liverpool. "I don't expect any crazy new things from you and not from us either."

The last three games ended with a draw against the Reds. In the League Cup we went to the penalty shootout. 21 penalties were transformed ice cold in the almost epic drama on February 27, before the Chelsea keeper Kepa, especially for the showdown, was drosing the ball over the crossbar. And this time? Would he bring Kepa again? "I will not tell."

Tuchel: "You can't train that"

But what he said: "We have a plan of what we can do." However, you always have to see how the game works or whether you still have exchange options. Pensions are always carried out in the blues anyway.

"My players shoot a lot of penalties in daily training over the season," said Tuchel. "It is also not the case that everyone starts shooting ten penalty before the final. Seen over the season, it is one or two a day, which in my view is good to bring a routine for the players. But tomorrow one After 120 minutes of intensive fight in a full stadium, shooting all the pressure is a different story. You can't train that. "

Chelsea recently stood twice in the final around the FA Cup and went empty -handed. Last year Tuchel was allowed to comfort himself with the title in the Champions League. The game weighs more heavily in this season. "It changes a lot whether you win or lose a final," the German coach also knows. "This is a huge difference. Unfortunately, there must also be a loser in the finals."


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