Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes both Tottenham goals in their dramatic 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge should have been disallowed and believes referee Anthony Taylor should never officiate the your team
Tuchel, who was sent off along with Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte after the final whistle following the afternoon’s second brawl, was furious that Kai Havertz had not been awarded a free-kick in the build-up to the opener of the Tottenham draw.
Cristian Romero then avoided penalty in stoppage time for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair and VAR Mike Dean ruled out a red card. From the back corner, Harry Kane headed in to grab the draw.
Chelsea fans have long been clamoring for a Taylor fixture against the Blues after a string of decisions against them in previous games.
Asked if Taylor should never referee Chelsea again, the German replied: “Maybe it would be better.
“But honestly, we also have VAR to help make the right decisions. Since when can you pull players’ hair? Since when is that? And if he doesn’t see it, I don’t blame him.
“I didn’t see it, but in the VAR we have people who review it and then you see it and then how can it not be a free kick and how can it not be a red card? How?
“That has nothing to do with the referee in this case. If he doesn’t see something, that’s why we have people to check for a foul.”
When asked about Chelsea fans’ concerns about Taylor’s trade, Tuchel said: “I don’t think it’s just some of the fans who think that – I can assure you that the whole dressing room of us, everyone thinks that.
“Not just the fans. You know the players, they know what’s going on when they’re on the pitch. They know it.”
Asked if the players are worried when Taylor is in charge, Tuchel added: “Yes, of course.”
And when told he was likely to face a suspension for next weekend’s visit to Leeds, Tuchel said: “That’s great! I can’t train but the referee can blow the whistle for the next game” .
Tuchel could find himself in further trouble, with the Football Association set to investigate his post-match comments.
Tuchel: Spurs’ two goals should have been disallowed
Tuchel was angry at the awarding of both Tottenham goals.
“I have to say both [Spurs] targets can’t stand. Only one team deserved to win and that was us. I’m sorry that my team didn’t get what they deserved,” Tuchel said Sky Sports.
“It was a clear foul from Kai Havertz in the build-up [to Tottenham’s first goal], clear fault. We had a tactical foul [Reece] James who received a yellow card. I don’t know how many tactical fouls Hojbjerg and Bentancur made today. The situation went on and on and it was a clear offside by Richarlison. It’s in the firing line. He even goes to the ball so Mendy can’t see the ball. They check it, it’s a clear offside.”
For Tottenham’s second goal, Romero’s drive was reviewed immediately before Kane’s stoppage-time equaliser, but VAR decided not to intervene.
Conte: The criticism of the referee makes me angry
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte was unhappy with Tuchel’s criticism of the officials’ performance.
He said: “You know very well that I never, ever talk about the referee’s decision, never, ever. And then I continue to do that, for sure when I see others have that kind of behavior. [it] It makes me a little angry, but at the same time everyone tries to do what they want.
“But I repeat, I don’t want to comment on the referee, but I never, ever made any comment on the referee in England.”
Both Tuchel and Conte laugh at the “nice ones”.
Tuchel and Conte were sent off after the final whistle following the afternoon’s second touchline kick, with the managers confronting each other amid a sullen handshake.
Both had been booked after Tottenham’s draw in an important tussle.
Asked if he enjoyed it, Tuchel said: “Yes, and I think he enjoyed it too. It was nothing bad.
“I just compared it to two players who have a bit of a fight on the pitch, but nothing happens and nobody gets hurt. If you have a hard and fair tackle, you don’t go later and apologize and you don’t have to, it’s Football the Premier League and both managers got involved today because we were both fighting for our teams and that was it.
“No one was insulted, no one was hurt. We didn’t have any fights and anything, so for me, it’s not a big deal. I was a part of it today and it boiled, of course, and it got heated, but nothing bad and it was part of the game.
“We’ve both fought for our teams and it happens. It’s very close here.
“It was a very intense game and the two dugouts are very, very close, so we warmed up a little bit.”
Conte agreed and joked: “For what happened, I think we liked it. Next time we’ll pay more attention and not shake hands, and fix the problem.
“I stay on my bench and we end up with the squad on our side and that’s no problem. It would be a shame if we miss the next game because of this situation.”
He continued: “For sure there’s a video to understand what happened. I’m certainly not peaceful. If I see aggression, my response is with aggression, for sure.
“But I repeat, this is not a problem and the most important thing is that the game was a great game, with two teams at a great level. To get a point, it was very important.”
Asked if his celebration for Spurs’ first equalizer rattled Tuchel, who raced to the touchline for Reece James’ goal to put Chelsea 2-1 up, the Italian laughed: “I think the celebration on both sides was a very good celebration.
“And the run and then the jump, you can understand that celebration.”
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