Thomas Tuchel’s apology to Conor Gallagher
Thomas Tuchel has apologised to Conor Gallagher after Chelsea rejected a request from Crystal Palace to allow the midfielder to play at Wembley on Sunday.
Gallagher is ineligible to face his parent club in their FA Cup semi-final due to an agreement in his loan deal at Palace.
Palace had asked Chelsea to grant special dispensation for Gallagher to play but Chelsea have blocked the England international from lining up against them
Eagles manager Patrick Vieira has criticised that decision.
Tuchel has revealed he has spoken to Gallagher about the decision and said he can understand his frustration.
You can read Tuchel’s full comments here.
Jack Butland’s warning for Chelsea
Jack Butland has backed Wilfried Zaha to put on a show at Wembley and warned Chelsea that Crystal Palace are a force to be reckoned with under Patrick Vieira.
The Eagles face Thomas Tuchel’s European champions in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Vieira has transformed Palace into a side capable of taking on the best and they have beaten Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal this season.
Zaha has already scored more goals this season (12) than he has managed in any campaign in his second spell at Palace and Butland says the Ivory Coast international will be ready for the big occasion this weekend.
You can read Butland’s full comments here.