Chelsea fans were upset the German forward was an unused replacement during Chelsea’s penalty shootout loss to Liverpool at Wembley.

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Kai Havertz, the star’s compatriot, was also absent from the squad due to a hamstring ailment.

Tuchel has now revealed to Blues fans that Werner injured his hamstring just moments before the game while preparing for the match.

Discussing the problems afterwards, he said: “Kai did not train because of hamstring problems and we thought he would injure himself.

“We did a test on Saturday morning but it was not better.

“Then Timo felt uncomfortable in the warm-up and said he could not play.

“A hamstring as well. We had no options.”

Tuchel was obliged to play England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek up forward in extra time after bringing him on as a substitute before being replaced by Ross Barkley, who scored in the shootout.

Tuchel said: “It was clear that we would have to suffer in this game. You can’t escape a match like this without pain.

“Taking Ruben off was purely for penalties. Ruben has not a good history statistically and Ross has.”

Chelsea has now lost three consecutive FA Cup Finals.

They won the European Super Cup and Club World Cup earlier this season, but they haven’t added to their trophy cabinet since Roman Abramovich was sanctioned and the club was placed up for sale.

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In February, they also lost on penalties to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup Final.

Tuchel added: “We have proved we can produce peak performances to compete with Liverpool in individual games.

“The difference is they can do it Saturday-Wednesday. They have a bigger squad.

“Like the Carabao Cup final, I have no regrets. I told the team before the game I was proud of them.

“We were competitive after the first 15 minutes, excellent. In 240 minutes of two finals we have been zero-zero against the most dangerous attacking team in the world.

“We are sad but at the same time we were proud.

“I was sure we would win right up to the last minute but unfortunately I was not right. That is life in sport.”


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