Chelsea’s Tuchel disappointed by ref ‘smiling and laughing’ with Ancelotti

126Asia Sports News

April 13, 2022, 6:55:59 AM

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he was disappointed to see referee Szymon Marciniak “smiling and laughing” with Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti after the Premier League side went out of the Champions League quarterfinals 5-4 on aggregate on Tuesday.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, holders Chelsea appeared on course for an incredible recovery after trailing 3-1 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. However, with 10 minutes remaining, the hosts tied the game at 4-4, and Real Madrid advanced to the semifinals thanks to a goal by Karim Benzema in extra time.

Tuchel said he was disappointed Marciniak was having "a wonderful time with Carlo" after the final whistle at a press conference.

“When I wanted to go and say thank you, he was smiling and laughing with the opponent's coach,” Tuchel said.

When Marcos Alonso's strike was disallowed for handball in the second half, Tuchel was irritated because Marciniak had not checked the VAR monitor personally.

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