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Tuchel reflects on his Wembley pain but pride, reveals why Werner didn’t come on and updates on fitness of absentee Havertz

It was an understandably downbeat Thomas Tuchel who reflected on our FA Cup final defeat at Wembley, with the German insisting that our pain was offset by pride in matching Liverpool all the way once again.

After a 0-0 draw at the end of 120 minutes, the dreaded penalty shoot-out was required to settle the contest and misses from Cesar Azpilicueta then Mason Mount meant the Reds triumphed 6-5 on spot-kicks.

Some time after the final whistle, Tuchel spoke to the media and discussed his thoughts on the team’s performance.

‘Like in the last final in the Carabao Cup, again we have no regrets,’ he stated. ‘I told the team that I’m proud. I was happy to arrive with this group and we were sure we would be competitive and make life very difficult for Liverpool.

‘We struggled in the first 15 minutes and then we were excellent through the whole match, 240 minutes of final time and played 0-0 against maybe the most dangerous attacking team in the world.

‘We created a lot of chance and we deserved it, as they deserved it as well, and again we lost on penalties so we’re disappointed and sad of course but at the same time proud because we left everything that you need.’

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