Tuchel: Mendy was ‘clearly fouled’ – insists Cornet’s equaliser right to be disallowed

Date published: Saturday 3rd September 2022 5:44 - Jason Soutar

Thomas Tuchel giving instructions to his team

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes it was the right decision to disallow Maxwel Cornet’s late equaliser despite the majority of people’s disbelief at the decision.

The Blues picked up a crucial 2-1 victory against West Ham on Saturday after they came from 1-0 down to pick up all three points.

Thomas Tuchel’s tinkering gives Chelsea and Mendy some brief respite

Michail Antonio had given the visitors the lead before Ben Chilwell equalised and Kai Havertz netted the winner.

Cornet put the ball in the Chelsea net in the 90th minute, but the goal was chopped off after VAR intervened.

Jarrod Bowen was adjudged to have fouled Edouard Mendy, in what David Moyes has called a “scandalous decision”.

Tuchel, unsurprisingly, has said it was a “clear foul”, because of course he has.

“It is super tough to score against West Ham, they defend deep and with bodies – the game became more complicated with the goal we gave away,” Tuchel said.

“It was a huge effort to come back and huge credit to the team, the impact from the bench – full credit to everybody.

“It was a clear foul on the goalkeeper, I had doubts about the first one – but I will not comment, last time I got punished with huge fines. You give your opinion, you will not be fined.

“It was not easy to keep the belief, it is hard to attack fluid and create chances against West Ham, nobody plays an open, spectacular match against them.

“We take it now step by step, we will try to use this momentum – things are clear now, we can demand full commitment to everything. We are in the middle of creating this and it is not finished.”

Tuchel also told BBC Match of the Day: “We were lucky today to get the VAR decision in our favour, which was for me the correct decision. We want to turn the game around and keep the three points.

“They do this to every team, it is so hard to create spaces, to create chances. They defend deep and with bodies and physicality. It is hard to find a consistent rhythm, then you go 1-0 down it is almost impossible – to keep believing was very important.

“To get the opener from the bench from Chilly and then from Kai was important because we want spirit. If we have a strong bench we have a higher chance to win.

“You need be tough, I know they can do it. It is also down to the situation, the transfer window is closed, everyone knows he is in the group. We need to improve consistency and this is not over.”

The man who scored Chelsea’s first against the Hammers, Ben Chilwell, told Sky Sports after the win: “The last 20 or 30 minutes were a lot of different emotions! Just happy to get the win.

“I have had to be patient, bide my time and make sure I am training hard to make sure I can come in and make an impact.”

Chilwell agreed with Tuchel that his goalkeeper was fouled by Bowen.

He said: “I went over to look at the VAR screen and from my point of view it was a foul – we put ourselves in that position and should have done, it’s that bit of luck we got today.”

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