The manager of Chelsea football club, Thomas Tuchel is not a happy man after a “reckless” tackle from Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles left Tammy Abraham with a knee injury.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, the center referee Peter Bankes did not deem the tackle on Abraham enough for a foul despite being in the penalty box and leaving the striker in severe pain. Hence, Jamaal Lascelles was left unpunished.
It was so bad that the 23-year-old striker had to be substituted in the 20th minute of the first half and was replaced by Olivier Giroud who scored Chelsea’s first goal of the match in the 31st minute.
Hence, the absence of Abraham in the match was not felt as Chelsea’s new signing Timo Werner scored the club’s second goal of the match 8 minutes after Giroud’s strike.
Abraham who has scored 6 goals and provided 2 assists in 19 Premier League games could be out of action for a couple of games including Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid on February 23.
After Chelsea’s victory over Newcastle United, the manager of the club, Thomas Tuchel could not forget about the tackle on Abraham despite his club’s 2-0 victory. He however failed to confirm the extent of the striker’s injury.
“There’s no update yet on Tammy, but we needed to take him off after a hard tackle,” said Tuchel. “So, we are worried, but there’s no news of him. We had the feeling it was a reckless tackle.
“He (Lascelles) played the ball, yes, but for me, it’s too much of a risk to an injury to the opponent. And because of that for me, it’s a foul.
“It’s reckless, but okay it was not like us to criticize, just to discuss with the officials.”
Thomas Tuchel on the rise with Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel joined Chelsea on January 26 when the club was struggling, recording an unprecedented losing streak which left them on the 9th spot on the league table. But the coming of the German tactician changed the situation of the club and pushed them back to the 4th spot after the club’s victory over Newcastle United.
The club is aiming to close the gap with the Premier League title contenders, especially with the first-placed Manchester City. But Tuchel knows that it would be difficult to close the gap between Chelsea and City which is currently 11 points. Hence, the former Paris Saint Germain coach would want to concentrate on the next fixture which is against Southampton on February 20.
“We knew if we got results this could be on the step for us. If we won today, we knew we’d be in the top four. But I can only tell everybody there’s still a long way to go”, Tuchel said after Chelsea’s victory over Newcastle United.
“Many teams are very, very close. There are a lot of big games to play and many points to win.
“Now for me it’s important we take two days off and recover mentally and physically and then prepare 100 percent for Southampton, it’s the next challenge.
“We play in the most difficult league in Europe. But right now it’s the next fixture.”