Chelsea’s lack of cutting edge comes back to bite them in another FA Cup final defeat

Three FA Cup finals in a row for Chelsea, three defeats.

It was Arsenal in 2019/20, Leicester in 2020/21 and now it’s Liverpool who have kept Chelsea away from cup glory, with the Reds coming out on top on penalties after a nervy 0-0 draw through 120 minutes.

It’s clearly frustrating for Thomas Tuchel’s men, but the Blues must take pride in pushing Liverpool to the limit in a game which they could have easily won if they had simply been more composed in front of goal… again.

The game didn’t look like it would follow that path in the opening stages. Liverpool offered up a reminder in the gulf in quality between the two teams in the first 15 minutes as Luis Diaz continued to get through on goal and had Chelsea hanging on for dear life. It could have easily been over before it even began.

However, thanks to some smart tactical tweaks from Tuchel, not only did Chelsea hang on, but they grew into the game and took control for large parts.

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