Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel could be in trouble following his recent comments on match officials after Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League. 

Chelsea beat Real Madrid 3-2 on Tuesday night in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals but it was the Los Blancos who won the tie on 5-4 aggregate. The Blues had taken complete control of the tie as they were leading 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu thanks to goals from Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, and Timo Werner. However, Rodrygo pulled one back to force the tie to go to extra time with Karim Benzema’s strike sending Chelsea parking.

Speaking after the tie, Tuchel claimed the referees lack ‘courage’ to give big decisions against Madrid.

“I’m disappointed that the referee had a good time with my colleague, Carlo Ancelotti,” said Tuchel.

“I know Carlo is a gentleman and a nice guy but when I wanted to go and say thank you I see him smiling and laughing loudly with the opponent coach.”

“I think this is the very, very worst time to do this, after 126 minutes with one team giving their heart and desire, fighting to the very last drop.

“Afterwards you go as a coach and see the referee laughing and smiling with the other coach. I think it’s very, very bad timing.”

On VAR ruling out Marcos Alonso’s goal

“Not only today, it is like this for some time, and now maybe I get problems.”

“If you play against Real Madrid you can maybe not expect everybody has the courage. I felt little decisions went against us also in the first-leg and today as well.

“I did not see the goal but I told him I’m super disappointed he didn’t go to check it himself.

“You should stay the boss and not give decisions like this to somebody in a chair and isolated from the atmosphere (the VAR).

“A referee has a certain style, things he allows and doesn’t allow, so I think he should stay in charge and check it on his own, then he could explain it better.

“But this is just my opinion. Maybe it’s too much to ask for in matches like this against this opponent.

The Blues will now turn attention to the FA Cup semi-finals against Crystal Palace over the weekend.


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