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Monday, November 29, 2021

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel blames floodlights for Jorginho error that led to Manchester United goal and says equaliser in Premier League clash took ‘courage’

  Thomas Tuchel claimed Jorginho’s mistake that led to Manchester United’s goal at Stamford Bridge was due to the floodlights. The Italy mi...

 

Thomas Tuchel claimed Jorginho’s mistake that led to Manchester United’s goal at Stamford Bridge was due to the floodlights. The Italy midfielder made a howler as last man, allowing Jadon Sancho to break away and put United 1-0 ahead in the Premier League game. There was redemption for Jorginho, though, as he slotted home a penalty to put Chelsea back on level terms, with the game ending 1-1.

“It’s very unusual for Jorgi [to make] a mistake like this, and to concede a goal like this in general for us,” said Tuchel. “I think he misjudged the situation and I think he was heavily disturbed from the lights so he did not see the ball. “It happened, but then it took a lot of courage and personality to not be affected during the match and to have the courage to take the penalty for the equaliser in a crucial moment. And I’m very happy that he did.

“It’s hard to imagine this as a match where you can lose or drop points, because we were the better team, who set the rhythm and intensity. “We’re disappointed but we have no regrets, this can happen in football. “I just told the team I’m happy with our performance and the way we played.”

Tuchel was also booked in the closing stages when Cristiano Ronaldo was not flagged for a clear offside.

“In the end I’m the guy who gets a yellow card and whatever,” said Tuchel. “But I mean, everybody tells me that we go for clear offside, and this is a clear offside, and later we have to defend a dangerous corner and the second ball from the set-piece. And you can lose games like this. “In the end because everybody sees it’s a terrible decision of course, but OK.”

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