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TUCHEL CLAIMS REF ‘DID EVERYTHING RIGHT’ IN CONTROVERSIAL MAN UTD PENALTY CALL

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has backed referee Stuart Attwell’s decision to brush VAR aside and deny Manchester United a penalty against the Blues on Sunday.



The hosts dominated much of the Stamford Bridge clash but couldn’t find a breakthrough, coming away with a point after a 0-0 draw.
United were furious not to have been awarded a penalty in the first-half when Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Greenwood duelled for the ball, which bounced up and appeared to hit both players’ arms inside the 18-yard box

VAR called Attwell to the monitor and recommended the spot-kick be given, but the referee ignored their advice and dismissed United’s protests.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fumed the decision ‘has taken two points away from us’ before making the bizarre claim that the Chelsea website is influencing referees. Meanwhile, Luke Shaw alleged that Attwell told Harry Maguire: ‘If I say it’s a pen there’s going to cause a lot of talk about it after.’
 
Tuchel disagrees, telling Sky Sports: ‘How can this be intervention, the player in red (Greenwood) plays the ball with the hand and we are checking for penalty? Why does the referee have to see thi

‘You watch for one second, why does the referee need to see this, he did everything right, I’m glad there was no penalty because that would’ve been worse.’

Chelsea remain unbeaten since the German replaced Frank Lampard and their free-flowing football impressed again, with the Blues looking strong candidates for a top-four spot.
 
Hakim Ziyech missed a sitter and Olivier Giroud went close, as the hosts only lacked the finishing touch.

‘The performance I’m very satisfied about,’ Tuchel added.
‘We are not in that moment yet to be clinical and win games like this. I’m happy if we go on like this, we are a very difficult team to play against us.’

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