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Tuchel explain why Tammy Abraham was excluded in the FA Cup final

Chelsea Forward Tammy Abraham did not featured in the FA Cup final against the Foxes – Leicester City

The Chelsea striker was controversially left out of the squad to face Leicester in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat, but has since given fans an update.

Abraham’s recent exile from the squad comes as a surprise to many of the Blues faithful, given his status as the club’s joint top scorer this season with 12 – alongside summer signing Timo Werner.

The former Aston Villa loanee has achieved the same goal tally as the £45m Werner in 17 less games, yet remains out of favour at the Bridge.

However, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted there was nothing “personal” in his decision to omit joint top-scorer Tammy Abraham from his match day squad in the defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side at the weekend.

“It’s just on the amount of people I can nominate for a game,” he explained. “I decided to start with Timo as the No 9 and we had Kai and Oli who can play No 9 so we decided not to have three No 9s on the bench.

“Since I arrived here everybody deserves to be in the squad. I understand his frustration and this was not the first time. We have other guys with the same situation.

“This is not the moment to complain and this is not the moment to explain too much. This is the moment to live in the moment and these are the decisive two weeks of the whole season.” The German coach said regarding his side’s confidence.

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