Tuchel blames referee for Chelsea’s draw against Brighton

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has blamed the referee for Chelsea’s inability to beat Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Blues are now eight points behind leaders Manchester City following the 1-1 draw against Brighton.

A 91st-minute equaliser from Danny Welbeck cancelled out Romelu Lukaku’s first-half header.

Tuchel believes Chelsea should have been given a penalty particularly when Christian Pulisic went down under a challenge from Joel Veltman.

Tuchel also felt Mason Mount could have been awarded a spot-kick but referee Mike Dean waved away the Blues’ protestations.

Tuchel told Amazon Prime: “We have a horrible decision from the referee for 2-0. It wasn’t even checked. Everything against us. We have two injuries again.

He added: “Normally I would never say it but we have a 100 per cent penalty against Pulisic, the 50/50 for Mason Mount to make it 2-0.

“Why does he need to blow before the ball goes in? How is he so sure? The penalty is a joke, honestly a joke.”

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