Former Real Madrid and Tottenham star calls Tuchel a sore loser

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hit out at the referee at full time, after our Champions League exit against Real Madrid.

Tuchel had slammed Polish referee Szymon Marciniak for laughing and shaking hands with opposition boss Carlo Ancelotti after the game.

Former Tottenham and Real Madrid star Rafael van der Vaart has slammed Tuchel for what he said.

According to Van der Vaart, there was nothing wrong with what the referee did, and Tuchel was just being a sore loser.

Speaking about Tuchel’s comments on Dutch TV station Ziggo Sport, Van der Vaart said: “I like respect. If you win, give respect to the opponent, and if you lose I think respect is even more beautiful.

“Carlo Ancelotti, for example, never does anything wrong. Never. But then you see this dragon [beastly, angry person]… I can only call it a dragon!

“If I had been Tuchel’s assistant I would have said, ‘We all lose sometimes, but do it with style.’

“Chelsea played a fantastic game and they have a great coach, I am one hundred per cent convinced of that.

“But if you lose and then you give this interview… that’s what makes me fume. What is Ancelotti supposed to do? Cry? They call [Tuchel] one of the best coaches in the world. Well, not now.

“This just comes off as really bad. You shouldn’t say this. As a coach you should just say that you are proud of your team. It’s not important whether a referee is smiling or not.”

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