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Thomas Tuchel lament Handball decision and VAR in Chelsea 1-0 defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup



Thomas Tuchel lament Handball decision and VAR in Chelsea 1-0 defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup 1 Sportelo

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has insisted his team deserved to win the FA Cup final and criticised “decisive” video assistant referee calls as Leicester triumphed 1-0 at Wembley.

Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt goal secured the victory for the foxes as Leicester swiped their first-ever FA Cup crown.

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The ball appeared to deflect off Perez’s leg on to his arm before Tielemans’ moment of magic, leaving Chelsea boss Tuchel frustrated that the goal was allowed to stand.

Former Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell was denied a last minute equaliser for offside after a VAR review, to add to the fury for Blues boss Tuchel.

Chelsea were denied a penalty in 1-0 loss to Arsenal during the week, when Rob Holding’s goalline block with his arm went unpunished and Tuchel admitted to having no idea of what now comprises handball.

“The players said straight away it was a handball,” said Tuchel.

“So now for the second game in a row there was a handball against us, and VAR is not interfering.

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“Against Arsenal there was one on the line, and again today, and they are very decisive.
I’m not an expert in handball any more, I don’t know when it’s handball or not.

“I don’t know any more when they need to punish it or it’s OK to play with the hand.

“We were unlucky today. But there’s never any guarantee you’ll end up with a trophy. I think we would have deserved to win but we have to accept defeat.”

Thomas Tuchel lament Handball decision and VAR in Chelsea 1-0 defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup 2 Sportelo

Ben Chilwell’s goal was ruled out for offside by the VAR. (Photo by Getty Images)

Tuchel was  left to rue his team missed chances, as Cesar Azpilicueta could not adjust quickly enough to nod in from point-blank range after Timo Werner.

The German Blues coach insisted that Chelsea cannot be too dejected in defeat and was adamant that his players had performed relatively well despite their shortcomings in the final third.

“Of course we are disappointed, but we are not angry, it’s not on our boys,” said Tuchel

“Today we are simply unlucky. We have never hidden the fact that you need luck in this game to be able to win on this level.

“All the time you need momentum, little details and decision making, referee and sometimes to win with a shot like today.

“We defended very, very well, were aggressive in counter-pressing, we didn’t allow any counter attack chances, no half-chances, and I was absolutely happy with the work-rate intensity.

“But in the decision-making we were a bit too hectic, a bit too straight up front. We wanted to force the solution too far, we had unnecessary ball losses and imprecise decision-making.

“We created some two-against-two and two-against-three situations, that we couldn’t do as well as we should have.

“We had a big, big chance with Azpilicueta, maybe the biggest in the whole game.

“In the second half we controlled the match even higher, and we conceded a goal out of nothing, a fantastic goal, but a lucky goal of course.”