Thomas Tuchel slams referee for laughing with his opponent Carlo Ancelotti after Chelsea defeat.
Following Real Madrid’s epic Champions League quarter-final triumph, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was unhappy with referee Szymon Marciniak, who he saw enjoying a laugh with Carlo Ancelotti.
Karim Benzema pounced to score his fourth goal of the match, giving the Spanish giants a stunning 5-4 aggregate triumph.
Chelsea appeared to have completed an incredible comeback when Timo Werner fired his side into an almost incomprehensible 3-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining, erasing the 3-1 deficit from the first leg.
Marcos Alonso had a goal written off by the VAR for a small handball offence shortly before Werner’s effort, and Tuchel was irritated the referee wasn’t invited to examine the monitor.
Thomas Tuchel slams referee
He told BT Sport: ‘I didn’t see the goal that was disallowed. I’m very, very disappointed for the referee that he does not check it by himself.
‘Absolutely disappointed feeling in both matches that it was 51 on the other side with all decisions made but that’s what it is if you play Real Madrid in the Champions League. Unlucky today.’
Tuchel expanded on his grievances in his post match press conference, and revealed he was particularly irked when he saw Marciniak sharing a lighthearted moment with Real manager Ancelotti.
He said: ‘I was disappointed that the referee had a good time with my colleague, Carlo Ancelotti. I know Carlo is a gentleman and a nice guy, but when I wanted to go and say thank you for the match, I saw him smiling and laughing loudly with the opponents’ coach.
‘I think this is the very, very wrong time to do this after a final whistle and 126 minutes where one team gave all their hearts and fought until the last drop.
‘You go and see the referee smiling and laughing with the other coach. I think it is very, very bad timing. I told him this, and that’s it.
‘Maybe I get myself into a problem. But if you play Real Madrid, you cannot expect that everyone has the courage [to make decisions]. I also felt the little decisions in the first leg and the second leg today.
‘I did not see the goal, but I told him that I was super disappointed that he does not come out and check it on his own. In a match like this where you have a certain line to whistle, you should stay the boss and not give decisions like this to somebody in a chair who is isolated from the atmosphere.
‘He has a certain style and certain things that he allows and does not allow, and he follows a certain line – so I think he should stay in charge and check it on his own then he could also explain it better.
‘It is just my opinion. I thought we deserved more minutes in the end because it felt like we had no minutes to play in the second half of the extra time. Maybe it is too much to ask for in matches like this against this opponent. We had it in our hands, and we were not lucky enough. It is like this.’