Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel criticizes officials after Spurs draw, questions no-calls on Richarlison and Romero

LONDON — Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte tried to shrug off the dramatic face off that earned them pink playing cards in an exciting London derby however the efficiency of Anthony Taylor was no laughing matter for the Chelsea supervisor as he instructed the referee mustn’t take cost of Blues’ matches once more.

Both managers had been booked within the fast aftermath of the primary equalizer in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea earlier than a post-match handshake lasted altogether too lengthy as they squared up to one another as soon as extra on the ultimate whistle.

Conte had reacted in exuberant trend to each equalizers, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg driving low from exterior the field on 68 minutes earlier than Harry Kane rose to flick dwelling a nook within the dying minutes of the match. Tuchel was hardly innocent both. When Reece James fired Chelsea into the lead for the second time he proceeded to dash down the touchline in celebration, proper previous the Tottenham dugout.

Referee Anthony Taylor gave each managers a straight pink on the ultimate whistle, which might rule them out of their subsequent recreation. The on area fireworks didn’t prolong into the publish match press conferences, the place each coaches had been eager to chuckle off their histrionics, with Tuchel even suggesting that he had considerably loved the set to and thought Conte may need additionally.

“I just compared it two players who had a bit of fight on the field but nothing happens, nobody gets injured,” stated the Chelsea boss. “The two managers got involved today because both of us were fighting for our teams. That was it. Nobody got insulted. Nobody got hurt. We didn’t have a fist fight. For me, it’s not a big deal.

“It was such an intense match. Both dugouts are very, very shut. Did I take pleasure in it? Yes and I feel he did as nicely.”

Conte was similarly eager to build bridges across London, repeating on more than one occasion that the stramash was “not an issue.” He said that Taylor “didn’t perceive the dynamic” of what had happened in the dugout, suggesting that he believed a red card had been too harsh a punishment for both. However, he could not entirely Help himself however to level out that in his view Tuchel, who had seemingly held on longer as the 2 shook arms, had been the post-match aggressor.

“Honestly I don’t want to come back again but for sure there is a video to understand what happened,” he stated. “To be sure I’m not a pacifist. If I see aggression my answer is with aggression. For sure.”

It is not only the pink playing cards that Taylor will probably be underneath the highlight for. Tuchel’s anger after the primary aim had been not less than half based mostly on what Chelsea felt had been a foul by Rodrigo Bentancur on Kai Havertz. It ought to, nevertheless, be famous that managers had been briefed earlier than the beginning of the season as regards to when VAR would retrospectively verify potential fouls made earlier within the passage of play. VAR official Mike Dean didn’t look again on the problem by Bentancur however he did choose Richarlison to not be interfering in play when in an offside place as Hojbjerg shot for aim.

Dean additionally opted to not give Cristian Romero a pink card when replays confirmed he had been greedy Marc Cucurella’s hair within the nook simply earlier than Kane’s equalizer. It was these incidents, slightly than the elongated handshake, that drew Tuchel’s best ire. 

“I don’t think that some of the fans think [he made bad decisions]. I can assure you that the whole dressing room thinks that, every single person thinks that. I cannot understand how the first goal is not offside. I cannot understand how players can be pulled by their hair. This is, for me, without any explanation and I don’t want to accept it,” Tuchel stated. 

Taylor, who despatched off Mateo Kovacic within the 2020 FA Cup ultimate three years after he had allowed a controversial Alexis Sanchez aim to face, doesn’t take pleasure in the very best repute amongst Chelsea supporters even when his presence on the sphere for a few of the nation’s largest matches would recommend he’s held in excessive regard by his counterparts at refereeing physique PGMOL.

“Maybe it would be better [if he did not take charge of Chelsea games],” Tuchel stated when he was instructed some supporters had been of the identical perception. However his anger was not reserved for the person within the center. “Honestly, we even have VAR to Help make the appropriate determination. Since when can gamers be pulled by hair? Since when is that [not a foul]? 

“If [Taylor] does not see it, I do not blame him. I didn’t see it. But we have people at VAR who check this. Then you see it and how can this not be a free kick and a red card? This doesn’t even have to do with the referee in this case. If he does not see something, that’s why we have people to check if there is a decisive error going on.”

When it was put to him that he would miss Chelsea’s journey to Leeds subsequent week, Tuchel’s response was scathing. “I cannot coach but the referee can whistle the next game?” 

It could but be that the ramifications of this recreation prolong past merely that pink card for the Blues head coach.

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