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‘I feel bad for him’ – Tuchel refuses to blame Kepa for Chelsea heartbreak at Carabao Cup in successful penalty response

THOMAS TUCHEL will rap for Chelsea blowing their Wembley dreams.

Tuchel’s tactical master plan to swap goalkeepers for the penalty shootout counter-attacked spectacularly to give Liverpool the Carabao Cup.

Kepa Arrizabalaga blasted his decisive penalty too high in the Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool

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Kepa Arrizabalaga blasted his decisive penalty too high in the Carabao Cup final loss to LiverpoolCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Thomas Tuchel didn't blame Kepa after he decided to put him in the shootout

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Thomas Tuchel didn’t blame Kepa after he decided to put him in the shootoutCredit: Reuters

First pick Edouard Mendy was brought on with one minute of extra time remaining and replaced by the free kick specialist. Kepa who failed to save a shot then pumped the ball over the bar himself.

A thrilling final was played against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with protest banners standing among the 85,000 crowds at Wembley.

Tuchel “I take decisions when I make decisions, I only give them when I want to take them,” said. I cannot reevaluate my decisions once I know the outcome. This is how it is.

“Don’t blame him. Do sir me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This is the life of a football coach, a substitute.

“Sometimes you put a player on the pitch and he scores. Sometimes he makes a decisive mistake. No regret. If there is a need to take responsibility, it is entirely on me.

“I feel bad for him. But there’s nothing to blame. We made the decision, like last time in the penalty shootout because Kepa was training with the players off the field every day on penalties. temple.

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“They know how good he is. He has more time than Edou to do this. Everyone knows how good he is. This contributed in part to how well we shot today.

“Unfortunately, he couldn’t save a single one. It was a bit harsh for him to miss the one and only penalty. But there is nothing to blame. The penalties are amazing. ”

Kepa was surprisingly left out of the starting lineup for the final despite having played in every previous round.

Mendy number one put on a world class performance in his absence with stunning saves turned down Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita.

Kepa is The most expensive goalkeeper in the world with 71.6 million pounds but there is a famous history in this competition having refused to succumb in the final three years ago when Chelsea lost to Manchester City on penalties.

Tuchel caught up to the distraught Spaniard shortly after the final whistle to give him a comforting hug.

Chelsea was denied three goals for offside with Romelu Lukaku’s second-half effort looking extremely harsh.

The club have now lost their last four domestic finals but Tuchel is still proud of his team.

Spaniard saver Kepa replaced Mendy deep into extra time at Wembley

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Spaniard saver Kepa replaced Mendy deep into extra time at WembleyCredit: AP

“We have to accept the quality of our opponents,” he said. This is the most dangerous attack in Europe at the moment. Defending like this and playing like this makes me very proud today.

“I had the feeling we made a little more, but maybe that’s subjective. This game could easily go both ways. You need a little luck.

“If you look at the line drawn for Romelu’s goal it’s a bit of a weird line. But that’s it. We cannot have any regrets.”

Chelsea can make up for Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round defeat at Championship Luton and will certainly be in the Champions League eighth round.

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