Thomas Tuchel gives verdict on Anthony Taylor ahead of Brentford game. Taylor sent off Reece James against Liverpool

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given his verdict on referee Anthony Taylor ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Brentford.

Chelsea fans launched an online petition to get Taylor banned from officiating Chelsea games after he sent off Reece James in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool abouts seven weeks ago.

The petition was also liked by Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso.

The Blues also have a poor record in games officiated by Taylor since the 2019-20 season, having won 3, drawn 2 and lost 4 games.

“I trust in the referees,” said Tuchel. “And I trust in Anthony Taylor that he will try to have the best performance.

“We cannot get lost in ideas that there is something behind it. We have to make ourselves free from this and do what we need to do to be able to win this match.

“Do we need a top referee? Yes. Do we need good decisions from VAR or maybe no decisions from VAR? Yes.

“Do we need a little bit of luck? Yes. And hopefully we can turn things around with Anthony Taylor.”

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