Thomas Tuchel explains Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea cameo and Ross Barkley decision in FA Cup final defeat

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
 (The FA via Getty Images)
(The FA via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel has revealed Ross Barkley was brought on in the dying embers of extra-time at Wembley “purely for penalties” in the wake of Chelsea’s penalty shootout loss to Liverpool.

With Kai Havertz injured, Timo Werner not fit to feature and Romelu Lukaku ineffective, Tuchel had to juggle when it came to deploying a striker.

Hakim Ziyech and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were both brought on, with the latter operating as a centre-forward towards the end of the first-half of extra-time at £97.5m signing Lukaku’s expense.

Just 14 minutes after Loftus-Cheek’s introduction, however, Tuchel brought the England international off and replaced him with Barkley.

The former Everton midfielder has not played since the third-round win over Chesterfield in January, though scored his penalty in the shootout.

After the game, Tuchel said: “It was purely for penalties. Ruben has not a good history statistically and Ross has so it was purely for the penalties.”

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting