Tuchel admits to self-inflicted problem that ‘shocked him’ against Leicester

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that a "shocking" problem against Leicester was caused by himself.

It comes days after the Blues were beaten 1-0 in the FA Cup final after Youri Tielemans settled the contest with a stunning goal.

Some heavy pressure in the final exchanges from Tuchel's men saw a goal ruled out through VAR and a world-class save from Kasper Schmeichel.

In the end, it was Brendan Rodgers who got his hands on the cup to mark this as the most successful period in Leicester's history, following their Premier League triumph in 2015.

But for Chelsea, who were the favourites, it was a humbling defeat.

Tuchel has gone back to the drawing board after losing two matches for the first time in his Stamford Bridge reign.

And after reflection, the former Paris Saint-Germain manager has concluded that it was his changes that shocked him the most.

Tuchel explained: "Maybe it’s a mix of everything. To be very honest I was a bit shocked that it was seven changes for the Arsenal game because it did not feel like it.

"It felt like this was necessary because of this huge demand that it was to play in all three competitions and that it took us to overcome the Real Madrid-Fulham-Real Madrid series, which was very demanding physically and mentally.

"We have a schedule where we had many games where we had only two days’ time in between, we came from West Ham and had only two days and then we needed to go to Real Madrid, then two days before Fulham. Now again we arrive in the cup final only having two days.

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  • "Now we arrive in the next game only having two days. I’m a bit worried if we only have two days to consistently push.

    "It is like a daily exchange between me, fitness coaches and the medical team to predict the workload around what happens if we let him play again, does a certain type of player have a history? We talk about every single player every single day.

    "You’re always a bit torn between not wanting to change at all and knowing I cannot play the next ten games with the same squad."

    Chelsea face Leicester again tonight – this time in a crucial Premier League encounter – with the loser possibly missing out on Champions League football with Liverpool in rampant form.

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