‘I was afraid’ — Tuchel says of Azpilicueta penalty incident

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Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to seal a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Chelsea had won the first leg 1-0, and needed at least a draw to qualify for the next round of the competition. The Blues won the game 2-0, but it also came with heavy controversy.

In the first half, Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta appeared to have slightly tugged Yannick Carrasco in the penalty box. In today’s game, most referees would have awarded a penalty, but the centre ref waved played on, and VAR also dismissed having a look.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that he was scared about the incident.

Tuchel said on Atletico’s penalty shout: “Maybe, I didn’t see it but I was a bit frightened on the sideline.”

Upon being told it probably should have been a penalty, he added. “Oh, ok. I think Azpi got a bit frightened because the ball was abit too short, so I did not see it but I was a bit firghtened.”

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