Thomas Tuchel responds to Tammy Abraham girlfriend message over FA Cup snub

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Thomas Tuchel responds to Tammy Abraham girlfriend message over FA Cup snub

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has told striker Tammy Abraham that now is not the time to complain about being left out of the Blues’ FA Cup final squad. The England forward was not even named on the bench as the west Londoners were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City at Wembley on Saturday.

Abraham has struggled to earn a place in the Chelsea team since Tuchel’s appointment at the end of January, despite remaining the club’s joint-top scorer with 12 goals.

The 23-year-old has played in just seven of Tuchel’s 28 fixtures since replacing Frank Lampard on January 25. Most of those have been as a substitute.

Saturday’s cup final defeat, secured by a thumping Youri Tielemans strike, was the fourth time that Abraham had not been selected by the German despite being fit. An ankle injury which kept him sidelined between February and April meant that he was unavailable for a further eight games.

It has meant that Abraham has not had a suitable opportunity to impress his new manager. His only goal under Tuchel came in an FA Cup victory over Barnsley.

Abraham’s girlfriend Leah Monroe had posted a furious message on her Instagram story after the striker’s snub.

His lack of minutes have meant there have been rumours of a move away, with Chelsea cup final opponents Leicester said to be interested.

Aston Villa, where Abraham scored 26 times in 42 appearances during a successful loan spell two seasons ago, are also a possible destination.

The Chelsea academy graduate has played 82 times for the club and scored 30 goals, although most came under Tuchel’s predecessor Lampard.

But the 47-year-old has played down a possible departure, telling the striker that he must focus on the remainder of the campaign.

A top-four finish remains in Chelsea’s hands. They sit fourth and are a point above Liverpool.

“Well, it’s just the amount of people that I can nominate for a game,” Tuchel said when asked about Abraham’s lack of involvement.

“I decided to start Timo Werner in the number nine role, so we had Kai [Havertz] and Olivier Giroud on the bench, so we decided not to have three number nines on the bench. This is it, it’s never personal.

“When Kova [Mateo Kovacic] and Andreas Christensen, maybe, come back into the squad, I need to figure out the squad and maybe eliminate two more players.

“This is the worst day and the worst decision for me in the whole week because since I arrived here everybody deserves to be in the squad.

“I understand his frustration and it was not the first time. We have other guys with the same situation to face.

This is not the moment to complain, and this is not the moment to explain too much. This is the moment just to live in the moment. These are the two decisive weeks now of the whole season.”

Abraham’s girlfriend Monroe had said: “How on earth do you make the decision to leave your top goal scorer out of the squad for a final?

“The same person who even scored the goals to actually qualify for this competition?

“It’s not making any sense whatsoever.”

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