Chelsea defender Reece James has had his say about his red card incident as he praised his teammates’ performances in securing an important point in Saturday’s draw with Liverpool.
It was an ideal start for the 21-year-old who made his second assist of the season for Kai Havertz’s opener inside the first half-hour at Anfield.
Unfortunately, just before half-time, James was dismissed for a handball and referee Anthony Taylor rewarded Liverpool with a penalty which resulted in Mohamed Salah’s equaliser.
While Thomas Tuchel refused to claim Taylor made a wrong decision, he was clearly not impressed by the referee’s not taking more time in front of the monitor before making his decision.
“We saw on the bench that it was a deflection from a short distance that came off his hip and the arm was not in a super unnatural position,” the Chelsea boss argued after the game (via The Guardian).
“I would have wished for a longer consultation – maybe he would have made the same decision. But we have to live with it.”
The 10-man Chelsea side had to show their resilience throughout the majority of the second half, and it eventually paid off with the draw and an important point.
James has now commented on the sending off and his teammates’ display in the second half.
“Very frustrating to get sent off,” the England international wrote on Twitter.
“But what a shift from the lads in the second half.
“Thanks for all your support. KTBFFH.”