“I take the decisions when I take the decisions and I can’t re-judge them when I know the outcome,” Thomas Tuchel told a press conference when asked if he regretted subbing Kepa on for the penalty shootout.
“We don’t know what would’ve happened if we left Edou [Mendy] on the pitch. No blame on Kepa.
“Blame on me as I’m the guy who takes the decisions. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. This is life as a football coach.
“The players know and we did it before. It’s a nice subject now for you to make headlines but mistakes happen. I do mistakes, Edou did a big mistake and almost got punished.”
“It makes easier if we have a big feeling but blame me as I take the decisions.”
Kepa ended up missing the decisive penalty after failing to save one of 11 attempts from the Liverpool players.
At the same time, the Spaniard was an important part of Chelsea’s campaign that won them a place in the Carabao Cup final itself.