Tammy Abraham discusses his development at Chelsea
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Chelsea star Tammy Abraham was snubbed from Thomas Tuchel’s squad for Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City. But he didn’t let that prevent him from consoling team-mates after the match at Wembley. The Blues weren’t at their best for the showdown and were sunk courtesy of a sensational strike from Youri Tielemans.
Chelsea went into the game against Leicester with many fans expecting Tuchel’s side to claim victory.
But the west London giants were outplayed at Wembley, with Tielemans’ outstanding effort enough to win the Foxes the prize.
Before the game, Tuchel raised eyebrows by leaving Abraham out of his squad – despite the England international being their top scorer.
The player’s partner, Leah Monroe, slammed the decision on Instagram by saying: “How on earth do you make the decision to leave your top goalscorer out of the squad for a final?!
“The same person who even scored the goals to actually qualify for this competition? It’s not making any sense to me whatsoever.
“Not even on the bench?! This has to be a joke.”
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But images from GETTY show Abraham was still at Wembley to support his team-mates.
And, after the game, the England international was seen consoling Christian Pulisic – who appeared upset.
Abraham wore a face mask as he hugged his team-mate, with other Chelsea players linking arms in the background.
Tuchel was asked about Abraham after the game but insisted he left the England international out because he was only limited to 18 spaces, as opposed to having a problem with the striker.
However, with the 23-year-old appearing to be out of favour, a summer exit could be on the cards.
West Ham have interest in Abraham but, speaking recently, David Moyes insisted the Hammers couldn’t afford the player’s reported £40million asking price.
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“It would rule us out completely,” he said.
“We will be ruled out. So if that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out.
“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no.
“I don’t think we will be making a purchase of that for any one player. I’d be surprised if we were.”
And Aston Villa are potential suitors, too, with Abraham previously spending a fruitful year on loan at Villa Park.
Tuchel was disappointed after Chelsea’s defeat, insisting they didn’t deserve to lose while expressing a belief they need to bounce back.
“Of course, we are disappointed but we are not angry, it’s not on our boys. Today we are simply unlucky,” he said.
“We have never hidden the fact that you need luck in this game to be able to win on this level.
“All the time you need momentum, little details and decision making, referee and sometimes with a shot like today.
“We defended very, very well, were aggressive in counter-pressing, we didn’t allow any counter-attack chances, no half-chances, and I was absolutely happy with the work-rate intensity.
“But our decision-making was a bit too hectic, [we played] a bit too straight upfront.”
But Brendan Rodgers was thrilled, with the Northern Irishman saying: “It’s an amazing feeling.
“I wasn’t aware before I came to Leicester that they’d never won the FA Cup, they’d lost in four finals previous so to be able to give that to the owners and the fans, so special.
“So proud, the board players staff, supporters, an amazing day for the city, so proud for everyone.”
On the goal, he added: “Youri Tieleman’s goal was like an old school FA Cup-winning goal but also Kasper Schmeichel’s save, those are the special moments you need in games.
“Overall we were the better team, super aggressive, pressed well, we were always a threat with the ball. Chelsea are an amazing team, that’s why they’re in a Champions League final but I thought we deserved it.”
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