Thomas Tuchel criticizes referees for “smiling and laughing” with Carlo Ancelotti

Thomas Tuchel has said his Chelsea side “have no regrets” about exiting the Champions League on Tuesday night, although he was disappointed with Carlo Ancelotti’s behaviour

Tuchel was dissatisfied with the behavior of the referee full-time
Tuchel was dissatisfied with the behavior of the referee full-time

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel slammed referee Szymon Marciniak for laughing real Madrid Chef Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday evening.

The Blues were knocked out of the running Champions League Los Blancos in a 5-4 aggregate defeat after winning 3-1 after 90 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu to set up a thrilling overtime. Karim Benzema then headed home the all-important goal in the 96th minute after good work from Vinicius Junior on the left.

Chelsea had their chances to equalize late on, with Kai Havertz and Jorginho both missing golden opportunities and failing to test Thibaut Courtois from close range. Tuchel was full of praise for his side’s courageous performance in the final, though he was less than pleased with referee Marciniak’s behavior after he left the pitch.

“I like Carlo Ancelotti”, the former Paris St Germain Boss said: “He is a very nice man. As I was about to leave and shook his hand, I saw the referee smiling and laughing with the opposing coach. This is a very bad time for that and I told him that.”

The Blues fans were certainly not happy with the referee’s overall performance, especially after VAR ruled out Marcos Alonso’s goal in the 62nd minute that would have given Stamford Bridge’s side the lead for the first time that period. After initially seeing his cross blocked, the Spaniard lashed a fierce punch into the top corner with his awkward right foot, but VAR noticed the ball hit his hand after initially bouncing back from the defender.

After the game, Tuchel said of the incident: “I’m very disappointed in the referee that he didn’t check [the disallowed Alonso goal] … but that’s what you get when you play Real Madrid in the Champions League. We had a huge deficit to overcome.”

Despite the dramatic nature of Europe’s exit, the Germany coach believes his side won’t have too much trouble accepting defeat. He explained: “These are the kind of defeats that we can digest and swallow because we left nothing to regret out there. We played what we wanted to play and showed the quality and character of the team.

Karim Benzema was the hero for Real Madrid against Chelsea



“We deserved to advance, but it wasn’t meant to be, we were just unlucky. All credit goes to the players. Unfortunately, both of their goals today came from mistakes in the build-up. They exploited the mistakes of individual quality and over the two legs we made too many of those big mistakes.”

The winner of the quarterfinal match between Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are set to take on Madrid in the semi-finals and Pep Guardiola’s side are hoping they can advance to the last four without having to work as hard as Los Blancos. His side go 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a goal from Kevin De Bruyne in the first leg on Wednesday night but expect a more competitive, aggressive display from Atletico at home.

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