September 19, 2021

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Tuchel frustrated after another handball decision and VAR in Chelsea defeat

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Thomas Tuchel insisted Chelsea deserved to win the FA Cup final and criticised “decisive” video assistant referee calls as Leicester triumphed 1-0 at Wembley.

Ayoze Perez cut out Reece James’ pass to spark the move that led to Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt winner as Leicester swiped their maiden FA Cup crown.

The ball appeared to deflect off Perez’s leg on to his arm before Tielemans’ moment of magic, leaving Chelsea boss Tuchel frustrated that the goal was allowed to stand.

Ex-Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell was denied a last-gasp equaliser for offside after a VAR review, to add to the ire for Blues boss Tuchel.

Chelsea were denied a penalty in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal when Rob Holding’s goalline block with his arm went unpunished – and Tuchel admitted to having no idea of what now constitutes handball.

“The players said straight away it was a handball,” said Tuchel.

“So now for the second game in a row there was a handball against us, and VAR is not interfering.

“Against Arsenal there was one on the line, and again today, and they are very decisive.

“I’m not an expert in handball any more, I don’t know when it’s handball or not.

“I don’t know any more when they need to punish it or it’s OK to play with the hand.

“We were unlucky today. But there’s never any guarantee you’ll end up with a trophy.

“I think we would have deserved to win but we have to accept defeat.”

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