Tuchel laments another handball decision and VAR in Chelsea defeat

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Tuchel laments another handball decision and VAR in Chelsea defeat

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

Ayoze Perez cut out Reece James’ pass to spark the move that led to Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt winner as Leicester swiped their maiden FA Cup crown.

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.

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

Chelsea were denied a penalty in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal when Rob Holding’s goalline block with his arm went unpunished – and Tuchel admitted to having no idea of what now constitutes 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.

“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.”

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta could not adjust quickly enough to nod in from point-blank range after Timo Werner flicked on a cross, in a big opening that Tuchel was left to rue.

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

“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.

“And then we have a big chance with Mason, a fantastic save from Schmeichel, and offside goal, that was very, very close.”

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More to come from Rodrigo after Leeds brace, says Bielsa

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More to come from Rodrigo after Leeds brace, says Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa warned there is more to come from Rodrigo after the Spain striker came off the bench to score a late brace in Leeds’ 4-0 win at Burnley.

The 30-year-old effectively killed off the Clarets with his first goal, skipping between Ben Mee and James Tarkowski before beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell with a delightful finish, and then two minutes later he rounded the goalkeeper to cap a fine team move.

Rodrigo is still easing his way back in after missing almost all of April with a muscle strain, yet to start a match since the injury, but showed no signs of rust as he added to to help Leeds move another step closer to securing a top-half finish.


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“Rodrigo is a player at a very high level,” Bielsa said. “He’s one of the strikers for the Spanish national team and they are a powerhouse. He’s a player, like I’ve said before, that it takes him a while to get to his full form.

“When he finally finds his full form he’s a player that is very unbalancing…

“I think these 50 minutes that Rodrigo played against and today, that were at a very good level, are preferable than to play a lot of minutes when you’re not at your best.

“I think in the game against Tottenham and the game today, I think we saw a version of Rodrigo close to what he’s capable of.”

While Rodrigo stole the headlines, Harrison was a huge part of a stylish second-half display from Leeds, scoring the first of three second-half goals and then claiming the assists for both of the others.

Harrison, 24, is in his third consecutive season on loan from , and Bielsa will now be keen to secure his services for longer.

“For Leeds it’s very important to be able to count on a player like Harrison,” the manager said. “He has had a big growth throughout the duration of the campaign.”

For Burnley, defeat was something of a comedown after ensured their Premier League survival.

Former Leeds goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell started due to a knee injury for Nick Pope, but endured another difficult afternoon and has now conceded 14 goals in his four Premier League appearances this season.

“These are the challenges for goalkeepers, these are the challenges of being in the Premier League,” Sean Dyche said of the Northern Ireland international.

“That’s the next step for him, he’s developing and you have to go through the tough times to learn and progress so it’s about how he deals with it.

“I think he’s developed off the pitch, he’s developed physically but the challenge is game time.”

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