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Tuchel urged to drop Chelsea star for Champions League final

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After Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Leicester, Joe Cole believes Thomas Tuchel should consider dropping Jorginho.

Joe Cole reckons Thomas Tuchel needs to consider dropping Jorginho for the Champions League final.

Rio Ferdinand and Cole both criticized Jorginho for his failure to close down Youri Tielemans fast enough before the midfielder’s match-winning goal in Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City.

It came only days after the 29-year-old’s error against Arsenal allowed Emile Smith Rowe to send Chelsea crashing to a 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.

To be fair, Jorginho had a decent first-half at Wembley. He made some sharp tackles and distributed the ball before things fell apart after the break.

“There are holes in this games and that’s one of them,” said Cole on Jorginho’s error on BT Sport.

“He knew he didn’t have the legs to get there, so he’s trying to dictate to people around him.

“There will always be frailties. I’m not worried about in the week when he gave the ball away [for Arsenal’s goal] because that’s very rare, but that happens a lot in his game.”

Cole, who won three Premier League titles and two FA Cup for Chelsea between 2003 and 2010, believes Tuchel has a tough call ahead of the Champions League final with Manchester City on May 29.

The former Blues midfielder added on Jorginho: “I think now Thomas Tuchel when he’s thinking about the Champions League final, you can’t leave Phil Foden or Riyad Mahrez in that situation, you’ve got to get out there.

“I don’t want to take anything away from the strike. But from a Chelsea performance and a defensive perspective, if you’re playing that role, first and foremost before anything you do with the ball you’ve got to stop that from happening, and he didn’t do that tonight.

“Tuchel’s got a big decision, not only Tuesday night [against Leicester] but in the Champions League final.

“Jorginho’s a fabulous player on the ball but there are holes in his game.”

Had Ben Chilwell’s late goal not been ruled out for offside, the FA Cup could’ve had a very different outcome.

Nonetheless, Chelsea can get a bit of revenge on Tuesday when they face Leicester again in the Premier League at home.