Merson: Tuchel’s mistake against Arsenal can cost Chelsea the FA Cup

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Paul Merson believes Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel made a mistake ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final by tinkering with his line-up for the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Tuchel made seven changes to his team for the midweek clash with Arsenal with one eye firmly on Saturday’s trip to Wembley.

Merson told Daily Star: “Chelsea go into the FA Cup final with everything up in the air again after what happened against Arsenal.

“Tuchel made too many changes in that game. He said so himself. And it backfired. I thought it was extraordinary.

“You’ve come this far. Play your best team. The name of the game was to get a top four spot sewn up before the final.

“Instead, he made loads of changes, they lost, and the door is now open again for the teams who are chasing them down.”

He added: “I know you have to try and keep people fresh and it’s been a long season but in a big game like that you have to play your best team.

“Chelsea could end up with two trophies and a top four finish this season. Or they could end up with nothing.

“It’s all on a knife-edge, and they’ve put themselves under pressure.”

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