Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes Tottenham’s two goals in their spectacular 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge should have been disallowed.
Tuchel and Spurs counterpart Antonio Conte were both dismissed after the final whistle after their second spat on the touchline of the afternoon.
Although Tuchel played down these confrontations, the Chelsea head coach was angry at 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” Tuchel said.
“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.”
An incredulous Tuchel also pointed to an incident – investigated but not punished by VAR – just before Tottenham’s stoppage-time equalizer in which Cristian Romero appeared to pull Marc Cucurella to the ground by the hair.
“And when can we tear our hair out on the football pitch? When is that? So we check and nothing happens? It’s ridiculous.”
On his second breakup with Conte, Tuchel added: “When you shake hands, I thought we were looking into each other’s eyes, but we had a different opinion, so it was emotional,” he said. .
“He was happy when they equalized and it got a bit heated but nothing serious. We both got a red card? It wasn’t necessary. But a lot of things weren’t necessary. One more bad decision by the referee today.”