Thomas Tuchel slams ‘ridiculous’ refereeing in Chelsea’s draw with Tottenham


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    Thomas Tuchel was left fuming with the officials at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty Images)

    Thomas Tuchel was delighted with his team, but furious with the officials, as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues twice took the lead, through goals from Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James, but Spurs got level twice thanks to Pierre-Emile Hojberg and a last minute header from Harry Kane.

    Tuchel was left incensed by both the goals his side conceded, feeling the first should have been chalked off for two reasons, while the second for an unusual scene.

    The Blues boss felt Kai Havertz was obviously fouled by Rodrigo Bentancur shortly before the first goal, while he also thought Richarlison was offside and in Edouard Mendy’s eyeline when Hojberg shot.

    He also felt, and it was clear on replay, that Cristian Romero pulled marc Cucurella to the ground by grabbing his hair just before Kane’s header.

    The German had nothing but praise for his team, but could not believe that either Tottenham goal stood.

    ‘We were absolutely brilliant,’ Tuchel told Sky Sports. ‘Sorry I have to say but both goals cannot stand, absolutely cannot stand, there’s only one team that deserves to win, that’s us, we were absolutely brilliant.

    ‘I’m sorry for my team that they don’t get what they deserve.

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    Kai Havertz could not believe he didn’t get a free-kick just before Tottenham’s first goal (Picture: Getty Images)

    ‘First of all it’s a clear foul on Kai Havertz in the build up, a clear foul. We had one tactical foul from Reece James that got a straight yellow, I don’t know how many tactical fouls Hojberg and Bentancur did today, nothing happened.

    ‘Clear foul on Havertz, the situation goes on and on, then it’s a clear offside from Richarlison. He’s in the line of the shot, he even goes to the ball, he does not touch the ball but Edou cannot see the ball. They check it, it’s a clear offside.

    ‘And since when can we pull hair on a football field? We check it and nothing happens. We don’t need to check anymore, it’s ridiculous.

    ‘That’s the only frustration. I’m the happiest coach on earth because we played a fantastic match, we were absolutely brilliant, dominated 90 minutes. Sharp, hungry in all areas of the pitch disciplined and so full of quality. top, top, top performance and I’m sorry for my players.’

    Spurs boss Antonio Conte said he did not see the incident with Cucurella.

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