'Honestly a joke': Tuchel rants about moment in Chelsea's draw vs Brighton

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was left seething that his side didn’t get a penalty during the 1-1 draw against Brighton on Wednesday night.

The Blues are now eight points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after being held by Brighton yesterday.

Romelu Lukaku, who’s starting to rediscover some form, put the Blues in front with a headed goal. However, Danny Welbeck snatched a 91st minute equaliser for visitors Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel was extremely frustrated in his post-match press conference and couldn’t believe a Chelsea penalty was not awarded for a challenge on Christian Pulisic during the second period.

A penalty appeal by Pulisic was waved off by the referee and VAR, even though it appeared like there was contact from Brighton defender Joel Veltman in the box.


“‘Honestly I would never normally say it, but we had a 100 per cent penalty against Christian Pulisic… And the penalty is honestly a joke not to interfere from VAR,” Tuchel said.

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Chelsea unlucky, but point was fair

Yes, Tuchel was rightly angered after the Brighton result and felt his side were unfortunate with refereeing decisions.

In addition, there was a dubious moment where the referee whistled before Mason Mount put the ball in the net.

However, Brighton left Stamford Bridge with a point in midweek that they probably deserved on the balance of play.

A make-shift Blues defence did concede several chances against an opposition that passed the ball around well and Chelsea know they were nowhere near their best.

In fairness, the amount of injuries and illnesses are catching up with this squad. They need to somehow come together in time for this weekend’s league showdown at home to Liverpool, though.

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