‘Everything against us’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel slams Mike Dean’s ‘horrible’ refereeing and ‘joke’ VAR after Brighton draw

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Thomas Tuchel slams referee Mike Dean after Chelsea were denied a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Brighton on Wednesday.

The Blues boss was adamant that his team deserved a penalty in the 50th minute when Christian Pulisic was tripped by Joel Veltman in the box.

Pulisic went down in the box after a challenge from Veltman, but was not awarded a penalty.

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Pulisic went down in the box after a challenge from Veltman, but was not awarded a penalty.credit: Rex

However, Mike Dean’s approach was not the same and the challenge was not seen by VAR.

Tuchel was disappointed with the result after the final whistle and did not hold back in his comments on the referee.

He said: “We have a 100 percent fine against Christian Pulisic.

The 48-year-old also criticized a decision in which a goal from Mason Mount was denied due to a foul.

“A 50-50 challenge from Mason Mount just before his draw, why does he even need to whistle before the ball is over the line? We have VAR to check.

“Is he so sure or does he want to maintain the tension? And pun, it’s a joke, honestly it’s a joke not to interfere with VaR.

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“And we have a terrible decision from the referee. It’s a clear penalty for two zeros not even checked, so everything is against us.”

Tuchel also expressed his dismay about the Covid and injury issues facing his team.

He said: “Everyone in the dressing room is completely tired, it’s the same theme of every single match now.

“We don’t have any wing backs anymore, we are all injured and players are coming back from Covid situation and we are playing and I will always protect my players.”

Chelsea will now face fellow title challengers Liverpool in their next match as both sides aim to close the gap between league leaders Manchester City.

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