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Tuchel hits out at VAR for disallowing Chelsea goal ‘for almost no reason’

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The Blues had two of their goals scrapped off on Saturday, although they did eventually scored two more and got over the line.

Thomas Tuchel has hit out at VAR for disallowing a Timo Werner goal “for almost no reason” in Chelsea’s win over Southampton.

Werner thought he had doubled Chelsea’s lead when he headed home after getting on the end of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross, only to see his goal ruled out.

After reviewing the goal on the pitchside monitor, referee Martin Atkinson adjudged Cesar Azpilicueta to have fouled Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up and therefore decided the goal shouldn’t count.

Tuchel, however, was not happy with the call and expressed his frustration in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s 3-1 win.

“I was not frustrated to only be winning 1-0, I was more frustrated to have the second goal taken away from us for almost no reason,” the Blues boss said.

“If you score a second before half-time, you probably see the game off but at only 1-0, there is a danger they can come back into it.

“I did not see it as a foul from Azpi. We had talks here before the season where everybody said we want to go back to ‘English football’ and not give fouls all the time for soft touches.

“It was raining, people were slipping and the passage of play had moved onto into a second and third phase before the goal so that’s why I was frustrated because we went back to something that was not the decisive action for the goal. I have zero understanding of why this goal was disallowed.”