Chelsea boss Tuchel says Liverpool star should have been sent off in 2-2 draw
Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Thomas Tuchel believe Liverpool star Sadio Mane should have been sent off for his early foul during the 2-2 draw between the two clubs on Sunday.
It was a thrilling match between two teams who are trying to close the gap on Manchester City.
To describe it as eventful would be an understatement.
After just 10 seconds, the referee had to show a yellow card to Mane who caught Azpilicueta in the face with an elbow.
Many, including Azpilicueta who has also criticised the lack of refereeing consistency in the Premier League, argued that Mane escaped a red card.
“Always they would say what they think,” the Spain international told Sky Sports (via Football Daily) when asked about VAR’s deeming Mane’s foul a reckless challenge rather than violent conduct.
“I can I understand in the Premier League we are promoting 50/50 challenges, [but] sometimes we see jokes of penalty [decisions] and sometimes we see real dangerous actions, and we don’t take actions.
“There are few games where the referees become a bit softer in terms of penalties or red cards, then [in other games they] become the opposite.
“We don’t see the consistency even in the same game or through the season.
“It’s disappointing this kind of decision. I think it [Mane’s early challenge] was clear [red].
“I’ve watched the replay, but I didn’t need it because in [real time] I knew it was a clear red.”
It was certainly a dangerous challenge from Mane despite that he had his eyes locked on the ball at the time.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel clearly agrees with his captain.
“I hate to say it because I love Mane, and he is a nice guy and top player, but it is a red card,” he told Sky Sports (via BBC).
“The elbow is in the face – it doesn’t matter if you do this after 20 seconds or 20 minutes.”