Coach Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea and Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton have a couple of reasons not to forgive Video Assistant Referee Mike Dean over the outcome of their league game on Saturday.
The two clubs met at Stamford Bridge to play their 7th Premier League game of the season and VAR Dean almost took over the show.
Thomas Tuchel was the first that suffered the negative side of the VAR when VAR Dean asked the center referee Martin Atkinson to review the build to Timo Werner’s first-half goal.
Referee Atkinson who has earlier given the goal had to go to the side monitor to review the goal and he confirmed that Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta committed a foul during the build-up to the goal. Hence, the referee canceled the goal.
The decision infuriated coach Thomas Tuchel so badly that referee Atkinson had to book him for his reaction against the decision.
After the game which later ended 3-1 in favor of Chelsea, coach Tuchel admitted that the decision got him “very angry”.
In his argument, the German tactician said he was surprised that Timo Werner’s goal had to be canceled because of a contact Azpilicueta made long before the goal.
Thomas Tuchel stressed that he was not expecting such a decision in the Premier League, a league that is not characterized by soft touches.
“I was very angry because I could never believe this could happen in the Premier League where you would go back to a 50-50 that wasn’t even in close connection to the goal,” Tuchel said.
“I understood before the season that we didn’t want soft touches, that we wanted a contact game.
“We are here today in the middle of London in the rain in an intense game but the ref disallowed the goal.”
Just like Tuchel had things to complain about, the coach of the opposition team, Ralph Hasenhuttl had reasons to lament. His biggest lamentation was connected to the red card his player, James Ward-Prowse received in the 77th minute of the game.
Ward-Prowse who is Southampton’s captain committed a late challenge on Jorginho, which attracted referee Atkinson to show him a yellow card.
But VAR Mike Dean saw the tackle as an offense that deserved a straight red. Hence, referee Atkinson had to review the offense and agreed that the player deserved a straight red card.
Before Ward-Prowse was sent off, he had scored Southampton’s equalizer in the 61st minute via a spot-kick. Hence, he left the game when the scoreline was 1-1.
After his exit, Chelsea scored two goals, thanks to Timo Werner’s 84th-minute strike, and Ben Chilwell’s 89th-minute strike.
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After the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea, coach Hasenhuttl claimed that VAR Mike Dean is never fair to Southampton since he has been the coach of the club.
“It’s always a little bit of a problem when we know Mike Dean is VAR because we have not had a good history with him, to be honest,” Hasenhuttl told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, Hasenhuttl added: “When you press high then you sometimes have situations like this when you are a bit late.
“[On] the red card from VAR Mike Dean, it is the third time he gave us a red card while I am here, but OK.”
The 3-1 victory took Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table pending the outcome of the match between Manchester City and Liverpool. While Southampton are currently sitting on the 17th spot with 4 points in 7 games.