Chelsea suffered double agony at Wembley after losing the FA Cup to Liverpool on penalties plus the Blues have to now deal with injuries to both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Thomas Tuchel’s side had a repeat of their Carabao Cup final heartbreak with goalkeeper Alison Becker decisively saving from Mason Mount before Kostas Tsimikas scored to secure Liverpool’s second trophy of the season.
The Blues had looked strong and were asking uncomfortable questions to the Liverpool back line, but were ultimately left heartbroken after another shoot out heart break under the Wembley arch.
Things got off to a rocky start for Chelsea after news filtered through that often reliable striker Kai Havertz had picked up a hamstring issue before the game.
The German manager had mapped out a plan to hit the Merseyside club with the strength and pace but injuries to his strikers meant he had to rely on Ruben Loftus Cheek as a forward at some point in the game.
With Chelsea having games against Leicester and Watford coming up, it will be interesting to see if both Werner and Kai recover in time for the game.
What Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said
The Chelsea boss who has now led his team to six finals since taking over 16 months ago revealed he had some issues with player availability but there was still a lot to play for despite the defeat to Liverpool.
He added on the injury to Havertz: “Kai did not train yesterday because of hamstring problems. So he didn’t train yesterday as he thought if he trained he would injure himself.
“So we tried everything, left him out, tried everything medically.
“We did the last test today in the morning and he was not better, it was not possible. Timo felt uncomfortable in the warm-up and said he can’t play.
`’That was my hamstring as well.”
The Chelsea manager also admitted that Timo Werner was not brought on because he picked up a last minute injury.
He added: “Timo was injured during the warm up and said he could not play.”