Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes Tottenham’s two goals in their spectacular 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge should have been disallowed and believes referee Anthony Taylor should never referee his side again.
Tuchel, who was sent off along with his Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte after the final whistle after their second smash of the afternoon, was furious that Kai Havertz had not received a free kick in the build-up to the first equalizing goal from Tottenham.
Cristian Romero then avoided punishment deep into injury time for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair with VAR ruling out a red card. From the next corner, Harry Kane headed in to snatch the draw.
Chelsea fans have long been calling for a Taylor program against the Blues following a string of decisions against them in previous games.
When asked if Taylor should ever 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 players get their hair pulled? Since when is that? And if he doesn’t see it, I don’t blame him.
“I haven’t seen it, but we have people at VAR who check 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 ?
“It has nothing to do with the referee in this case. If he doesn’t see something, that’s why we have people to check if there is a decisive error in progress.”
Asked about Chelsea supporters’ concerns over Taylor’s refereeing, Tuchel replied: “I don’t think only some fans 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.”
When asked if the players are worried when Taylor is in charge, Tuchel added: “Yeah sure.”
And when told he would most likely face a touchline ban for next weekend’s visit to Leeds, Tuchel said: “So good! I can’t coach but the referee can whistle. the next game.”
Tuchel: Both Spurs goals should have been disallowed
Tuchel was angry with Tottenham’s two goals being awarded.
“I have to say both [Spurs] goals cannot stand. There is only one team that deserved to win and that was us. I’m sorry for my team, they don’t get what they deserve” said Tuchel sky sports.
“It was a clear foul on Kai Havertz in the build-up [to Tottenham’s first goal], manifest fault. We had a tactical foul of [Reece] James who got a yellow. I don’t know how many tactical fouls Hojbjerg and Bentancur made today. The situation continued, and it was a clear offside on Richarlison. He’s in the line of fire. He even goes to prom, so Mendy can’t see the ball. They check, it’s a clear offside.”
For Tottenham’s second goal, Romero’s draw just before Kane’s stoppage-time equalizer was reviewed, but VAR decided not to intervene.
Conte: criticism from referees makes me angry
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was unhappy with Tuchel’s criticism of the officials’ performances.
He said: “You know very well that I never, never talk about the referee’s decision, never, never. And then I keep doing that, for sure when I see others having this type of behavior [it] makes me a little angry, but at the same time, everyone is trying to do what they want.
“But I repeat, I don’t want to comment on the referee, but I have never, ever commented on the referee in England.”
Both Tuchel and Conte mock ‘pleasant’ busts
Both Tuchel and Conte were dismissed after the final whistle after their second sideline argument of the afternoon, with the coaches clashing amid a moody handshake.
The pair had been booked after Tottenham equalized in a major dugout scrum.
When asked if he enjoyed it, Tuchel replied: “Yes, and I think he enjoyed it as well. It was nothing wrong.
“I just compared it to two players who fight a bit on the pitch, but nothing happens and nobody gets hurt. If you have a hard and fair tackle, you don’t go later and you apologize and it’s not necessary, it’s Premier League football and both managers got involved today because we were both fighting for our teams and that was it.
“Nobody got insulted, nobody got hurt. We didn’t have a fight and something so for me it’s no big deal. It was part of it today and it boiled over of course , and it got hot but nothing bad and it was part of the game.
“We both fought for our teams and it happens. It’s so close here.
“It was such an intense match and the two dugouts are very, very close and so it got a little heated from both of us.”
Conte agreed and joked: “For what happened, I think we appreciated it. Next time, we’ll be more careful and we won’t shake hands, and we’ll solve the problem.
“I stay on my bench and we finish with the staff on our side and no problem about it. It would be a shame if for this situation we miss the next game.”
He continued: “For sure there is a video to understand what happened. For sure I am not peaceful. If I see aggression, then my response is with aggression. , It’s certain.
“But I repeat, it’s not a problem and the most important thing is that the game was a great game, with two teams that there is a big level. For us to get a point, it’s was really important.”
Asked if his celebration of Spurs’ first equalizer agitated Tuchel, who ran onto the touchline for Reece James’ goal to put Chelsea 2-1 up, the Italian laughed: “I think the celebration on both sides was very good celebrations.
“And the run and then the jump, you can understand that celebration.”