Tuchel warns Leicester to expect "angry" Chelsea

Tuchel warns Leicester to expect "angry" Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel will steer an "angry" Chelsea team into the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Chelsea's frustrations over Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal will help the Blues manager prepare for his first final in English football, he admitted.

With their midweek Stamford Bridge loss to Arsenal, Chelsea lost ground in the chase for a top-four Premier League finish.

Tuchel has now revealed that he would channel the anger in order to sharpen up his squad ahead of the Wembley clash with Leicester.

"I am not yet in the mode to enjoy it: I still have a bit of a hangover from the last defeat so I am a bit more angry, when we will arrive in the hotel and tomorrow," said Tuchel.

"I am not angry at myself or the players, just that we got that result and missed an opportunity.

"Hopefully we can turn it into a good performance in preparation to push the team to the edge and let them play sharp. That's my responsibility. We want to show a reaction and to have a reaction.

"This is it. It is a big match. It is at Wembley in an FA Cup final. It is my first final here in England and it is huge.

"But I will not get carried away with emotions tomorrow, I am fully focused to prepare my team better than we did two days ago."

Asked if the Arsenal defeat handed Chelsea a timely kick up the backside, Tuchel continued: "Yes, it clearly did. And it's a good thing because it means it's very easy preparation.

"We all feel that anger on ourselves on the missed opportunity and the performance that night against Arsenal. So it's a good thing, in that it's easy to prepare.

"Now the challenge is to focus, focus only on this match, focus on us and play on the edge."

Tuchel has won the biggest prizes on offer in both Germany and France and has steered Chelsea to both the FA Cup and Champions League finals in just four months at the helm.

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