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The nightmare Thomas Tuchel scenario for Chelsea supporters

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

Tuchel ‘lucky’ claims hit home

Thomas Tuchel lost his second final with a 2nd club in less than a year on Saturday, as Chelsea fell to Leicester City in the FA Cup.

The match was won by a fantastic strike from Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who struck a ball into the top left hand corner, leaving Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga helpless.

Chelsea’s coach did not earn many plaudits following his post-match interviews, where he described Leicester as ‘lucky’ to win the match thanks to the world-class strike.

This comes just days after Arsenal won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, with the former Dortmund and PSG boss having also described the Gunners as lucky.

When does opposition ‘luck’, though, stem simply from bad decision making?

Chelsea’s nightmare scenario

Their surprise loss against Arsenal in midweek has opened the possibility for Chelsea to finish the season in a nightmare scenario.

Just a week ago, the club were looking strong in their top-4 pursuit, and fighting for two titles.

The club could of course still cap off the season with a brilliant Champions League victory, but need to overcome the overriding odds against a Manchester City side that has already claimed two trophies this season.

Whilst Tuchel has beaten Guardiola twice this season, the Spaniard’s record in finals is something special.

Should Chelsea end up trophyless, they will hope to salvage the club’s campaign by qualifying for next year’s elite European competition.

However, should the weekend’s result repeat itself on Tuesday, when Chelsea host Leicester in the Premier League, they could be in serious trouble.

Should Liverpool win their game in hand against relegated West Brom today, and then beat a Burnley side fresh off the back of a 4-0 thrashing at home to Leeds, they would leapfrog the Blues into the top-four.

Chelsea’s final game of the season is against Aston Villa, who have enjoyed a stellar campaign themselves after narrowly avoiding relegation last season.

Dropping out of the top-4 would then intensify pressure in the Champions League final, where a win would grant the Blues automatic qualification for next season – a repeat of the scenario of 2012.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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