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A livid Thomas Tuchel was left fuming at refereeing selections in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton and insisted it’s “silly” to suppose his depleted aspect can compete for the title after they fell additional behind leaders Manchester Metropolis.

Danny Welbeck’s injury-time purpose, nodded in from a Marc Cucurella cross, cancelled out Romelu Lukaku’s first-half header at Stamford Bridge and left Chelsea eight factors behind Pep Guardiola’s aspect in second place.

The Blues, already depleted by Covid and accidents, additionally misplaced Reece James and Andreas Christensen to hamstring and again issues respectively, however it was the refereeing which most irked Tuchel.

The 48-year-old felt Chelsea ought to have had a penalty within the second half when Christian Pulisic went to floor following a deal with by Joel Veltman, and he was additionally pissed off by Mike Dean’s determination to penalise Mason Mount earlier than he put the ball into the empty Brighton internet shortly earlier than the equaliser.

“Actually, I might by no means usually say it, however now we have a 100 per cent penalty towards Christian Pulisic and now we have a 50-50 problem from Mason Mount proper earlier than the equaliser when the ball goes into the web,” he mentioned in his post-match press convention.

“Why does the referee even must whistle earlier than the ball is over the road? We’ve got VAR to test. Why can we not wait after which test it, after which if he decides it is a foul, resolve it then?

“Is he so certain? Or does he need to maintain the strain up?

“And the penalty is a joke. It is truthfully a joke from VAR to not intrude.”

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Tuchel felt it was comprehensible his Chelsea aspect had been beneath their finest given their damage issues, which had been compounded by the withdrawals of James and Christensen within the first half.

“We knew earlier than that this was going to be a troublesome match towards a robust aspect,” he added.

“They arrive properly ready. It is all the time like this. I’ve not seen one staff play a pleasant match towards them, so it was clear we’d wrestle.

“We merely have manner too many gamers of whom we do not know what we are able to demand. They arrive from lengthy accidents, they arrive from Covid. I merely do not know what they’re able to doing.

“We began very, very properly, till the damage for Reece James, which was an enormous blow. Then we lose Andreas Christensen, who was till then once more one of many high gamers on the pitch.

“Sooner or later, it is an excessive amount of. That is why I can perceive that you simply wrestle should you play towards a Brighton aspect with nothing to lose and enjoying with confidence.”

Tuchel downbeat on title probabilities

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A pissed off Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea can be ‘silly’ to imagine they will compete for the Premier League title as a consequence of Covid-enforced absences and accidents

The draw leaves Chelsea lagging behind Manchester Metropolis, who beat Brentford within the different recreation on Wednesday, and Tuchel provided little reassurance to supporters that the Blues are able to making up the hole given the cuirrent state of their squad.

“We’ve got seven Covid instances, now we have 4 or 5 key gamers out for six or extra weeks,” he mentioned. “How ought to we compete in a title race?

“Everybody else who has a full squad, and everyone in coaching each day, has the complete energy to return via this league.

“We might be silly to suppose we are able to do it out of Covid and accidents and simply play, and everyone can be silly to do it with out 23 match gamers.”

Requested whether or not he felt the integrity of the Premier League season had been misplaced, he added: “That is the truth, that is the place we’re and now we have to adapt to the calls for of the state of affairs which you’re in.

“I competed very exhausting for the win at Brighton at house. I do not know what I can count on from my gamers by way of physicality, depth or minutes. No one is aware of any extra as a result of now we have by no means completed one thing like this. We play trial and error and see what we are able to do.

“I’ll defend my staff. We will play higher however we’d like the complete squad over weeks and weeks.”

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