Tuchel’s substitution of Kepa Arrizabalaga against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final has drawn criticism from former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick.
Ultimately, the Blues were defeated on kicks, with Kepa failing to save a single one of Liverpool’s eleven spot-kicks, before missing his own shot to hand Liverpool the victory and the Premier League title.
Chadwick made it obvious to CaughtOffside that he felt Tuchel made the incorrect decision to take Mendy off after he had performed so well for the whole 120-minute game.
For a 0-0 tie, it was an excellent game. Both teams had their moments.” “Liverpool were deserving victors, but Chelsea would have felt the same way if they had won the shootout,” Chadwick said.
It was obvious that Kepa’s substitution for Mendy in the penalty shootout was a major talking point, as 21 penalties were scored before Kepa missed one over the bar.” Overall, I thought it was a fantastic match, with both teams displaying dynamic, aggressive football.
As is typical of Mendy’s performance, the French goalkeeper made several amazing saves. He had just won the Africa Cup of Nations for Senegal with a penalty shootout victory over Egypt, so it was a major decision for him.
Although Mendy didn’t appear astonished at all, it appears that this was the plan all along. Maybe in hindsight, he’ll wish he’d remained with Mendy instead of Tuchel. Perhaps Chelsea could have benefited from his confidence, as both goalkeepers in the first 120 minutes were superb.
“Understandably, Kepa had just returned from the cold, had one goal kick, and then had to deal with penalties. It didn’t work since he didn’t preserve any. However, we would be praising Tuchel for making this move, if it had worked out on the day.