Thomas Tuchel fumes over "horrible" penalty decision as Chelsea slip up

Thomas Tuchel was left raging over a penalty decision that went against Chelsea as they let slip their 1-0 lead over Brighton in the dying embers of the game.

The Blues dropped points in their quest for the title against the Seagulls at Stamford Bridge. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the Blues but then Danny Welbeck then equalised in stoppage time.

And Tuchel was left annoyed after when on 49 minutes Christian Pulisic went down inside the box. VAR was looked at but referee Mike Dean deemed he had lost control of the ball and no foul was given.

Tuchel said post-match via Amazon Prime: “It is too much, at some times it is too much. Brighton had nothing to lose and played with confidence. We had huge, huge chances.

“Normally I would never say it but we have a 100 percent penalty against Pulisic, the fifty-fifty for Mason Mount to make it 2-0. Why does he need to blow before the ball goes in? How is he so sure? The penalty is a joke, honestly a joke."

Meanwhile, Reece James went off injured and had to be replaced by Marcos Alonso.

The Blues were just recently dealt the news that Ben Chilwell, one of their standout performers this campaign, was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Tuchel’s men face second-place Liverpool in four days, with both clubs looking to climb the table and ensure that Premier League leaders Manchester City, who just beat Brentford 1-0, don’t run away with the title.

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The manager is one of many who have spoken out about the congestion of the fixture list, as the league contends with the effects of Covid-19.

“The circumstances are the problem. The fixtures themselves are not the problem – because we are used to it. The players are used to it, they love to be out there and to play regularly.

“To play all the time isn’t the problem, it’s the circumstances. It’s Covid as every one single day someone can be out and someone can be infected.

“So everyone is having to cope with the uncertainty. I wouldn’t call it fear but I would call it uncertainty.”

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