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Chelsea win 'We lacked bravery' - Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel on his side's FA Cup win

Tuchel wins again, but he suggests there is room for improvement in his Chelsea side

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Chelsea's Tammy Abraham (right) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Barnsley. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Chelsea's Tammy Abraham (right) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Barnsley. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Chelsea's Tammy Abraham (right) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Barnsley. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel watched his team record a fourth straight win but admitted they lacked bravery as they edged into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win at Barnsley.

Tammy Abraham saved Chelsea’s blushes with a second-half winner at Oakwell, but it was tough luck on Barnsley, who put up a valiant effort.

While the side had the game’s best chances against Tuchel’s mis-firing Blues, they fell short in their bid to pull off a repeat of their club’s heroics against Chelsea in the same competition 13 years ago.

"We scored the goal and I had the feeling that they increased the risk, but we stepped down in the little decisions," said Tuchel.

"Not enough courage and it was too deep for a long, long time.

"We clearly can play better, so yes I expected more but not in terms that I am frustrated.

"If you lack a rhythm and a bit of self-confidence and you have to show on this pitch, against an opponent that takes all the risk and plays the game of his life, that is not easy. We can do better but I don’t want to be too hard on the players."

Chelsea match-winner Abraham was happy to be in the right place at the right time in both boxes as he set up a last eight clash against Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

England international Abraham grabbed the only goal in the 64th minute before he later headed Michael Sollbauer’s effort off the line.

"I grew up being a defender, so instinctive reaction getting in there and being in the right place," said Abraham. "I saw the ball coming and just said I had to do something and try something and it worked.”

Last season’s runners-up in the competition will host Sheffield United in the last eight, and Tuchel added: “They are organised but I am happy to have a home game. This is what we wanted."

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