Rennes boss reveals one reason why Chelsea beat Rennes 3-0

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Rennes boss Julien Stephan has blamed his team’s 3-0 Champions League defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday on the referee.

Stephan believes the referee was wrong to give Chelsea a second penalty and also send off Brazilian defender Dalbert for a second bookable offence.

“Unless the rule has changed and we weren’t aware I don’t know why he decided to give handball for this,” Stephan said.

“When you give a second yellow for this kind of thing it kills the game. So there’s misunderstanding in actual fact.

“Why do we check that and not the handball from [Kurt] Zouma? There’s some misunderstanding but I don’t want to go into conspiracy-theory thinking.

“It was a turning point in the game, it makes it difficult against a team like Chelsea who have good players in every position, with the numerical disadvantage.

“My players were remarkable in the last 20 minutes to put pressure and try to score a goal. I’m disappointed for them that it went the way it did.”

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