Chelsea legend blames two absences for FA Cup final loss to Liverpool

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Chelsea lost to Liverpool in the final of the FA Cup, in what was a very fine display from Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Both teams matched each other at Wembley, and the game ended in a penalty shootout which was won by Liverpool.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes the score could have been different if the duo of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were available for the game.

He wrote in his column for the official club website: “For the neutrals it was another fascinating spectacle even if there were no goals again.

“Years from now, some people will look back on this season and see both domestic finals finishing 0-0 and will probably think they were no-score bore fests, but nothing could be further from the truth.

“There were chances at both ends throughout and lots of quality play on both sides. By the end it was like watching two exhausted heavyweight boxers slugging it out in the 12th round, neither willing to give an inch.

“Like many Chelsea fans we awaited the arrival of Timo Werner’s pace or Kai Havertz’s class that might have made the difference, but the season had taken its toll on both, and the options were severely limited for the manager.

“Either player might have given us that little edge, especially as Virgil van Dijk had departed the scene, but it is all ifs and buts now.

“To beat Liverpool, everything has to go in your favour, and those two blows went a long way to scuppering our chances.”

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