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“VAR decisions are Horrible against us” Thomas Tuchel says

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Thomas Tuchel has railed against VAR after Chelsea secured an important win in their pursuit of Champions League football.

Chelsea overthrew Leicester City into third place in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory that means they remain in control of their top-four destiny ahead of their final game of the season.

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But they were made to work for their win – not only by the Foxes but also by the officials, according to Tuchel.

Thomas Tuchel was bothered at the failure to award a penalty when Timo Werner was tripped by Youri Tielemans in the first half, a decision he felt was in keeping with a recent theme.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s a clear penalty. Honestly, VAR decisions are horrible against us and it’s the third time in a row.

“We had a goal against Arsenal denied with a handball, we have a goal against Leicester in the cup [disallowed], and then today it’s a penalty but it’s a foul against us.

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“This has to stop, of course. But we were not worried at half-time, we just said let’s do it again and force it.”

With the sides facing off just three days on from their FA Cup final meeting, it was perhaps inevitable that tempers would flare.

And Tuchel was unimpressed with Leicester’s contributions to a touchline spat involving both sets of players that kicked off as the match reached its conclusion.

He said: “It’s not so easy to lose in difficult games. We had to swallow it, we showed respect in the cup final. It got a bit heated up but it’s like this.

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“I didn’t say that, I said it’s hard to lose in big matches.”

Chelsea were without Kai Havertz on Wednesday and also lost the influential N’Golo Kante to injury just before half-time.

Asked about the pair’s fitness, Tuchel replied: “I don’t know yet, we will check them tomorrow. I have a good feeling with N’Golo, he said he felt something and didn’t want to go into the risk of a muscle injury so I hope for Sunday. With Kai, the same.”

 

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