Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claims that referee Anthony Taylor was to quick to give Reece James a red card after his controversial handball incident against Liverpool. The right-back was given his marching orders after handling the ball on the line, although it was not clear cut, rendering it a topic of fierce debate after the game.
Chelsea made an ideal start after Kai Havertz’s superb looping header caught out Alisson and gave the Blues an early lead.
Liverpool looked to have their work cut out, until a goal-line handball by James gave Anthony Taylor a tough decision to make.
The man in the middle went over to the pitchside monitor and made an extremely prompt decision, reaching for his red card without hesitation.
There was uproar among the Chelsea squad who felt that the youngster had been harshly treated, but Mohamed Salah stepped up and converted the resulting penalty.
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Thomas Tuchel had his say on the incident after the game: “We were worried that he was just looking at a photo.
“For me it was too quick, I would have wished for a longer check to see the whole situation where it gets deflected.
“Maybe he stays with the decision, but I heard an explanation where that wasn’t a handball. How he took it was, for me, too quick.”
“I don’t like early red cards in general because it spoils the game.
Indeed, Tuchel will certainly be the happier manager given the circumstances, while both teams managed to hold on to their unbeaten league starts after three games.
Both sides had positives to take, with youngster Harvey Elliott looking sharp for the Reds, while Romelu Lukaku’s hold-up play was once again effective for Chelsea.
As two of the Premier League’s big hitters, they can go into the international break pleased with how they have started the campaign, with both undoubtedly harbouring feint hopes that they can go all the way to a title.