CricketChelsea drained ahead of FA Cup final
─── MORGAN PIEK 08:42 Thu, 12 May 2022
The coach of the FA Cup finalists, Thomas Tuchel, conceded that as a team they are drained following a grueling season.
Tuchel is hoping that his charges have enough left in the tank to try and lift silverware on Saturday when they face Liverpool in the final of the FA Cup.
Chelsea are currently third in the English Premiership standings and one point clear of their London rivals, Arsenal.
Tuchel said the busy season has taken a toll on the players.
“We look a bit drained, tired mentally... this is understandable given the circumstances around the club in which we play in," Tuchel said on the eve of Wednesday's match against struggling Leeds.
“This is draining, this is challenging. We had some knockout games in which we play after the national break, with huge emotional input, huge emotions to deal with.
“From losing to Real Madrid, winning at Real Madrid (second leg), losing the Champions League then suddenly being at Wembley and then suddenly in the race in two weeks with four matches against different teams in the Premier League.
“It is quite challenging. After all we have a lot of matches in our legs, in our bones.”
Saturday's big FA Cup final at the home of English football, Wembley, kicks off at 17:45.
Morgan Piek OFM Sport