Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel says Polish referee, Szymon Marciniak lacks the courage to take decisions against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
The London team put in a brave display in Madrid, turning the tables on their 3-1 first-leg deficit to move 4-3 ahead on aggregate in a thrilling display, but Rodrygo’s equaliser took the game into extra-time before Karim Benzema’s header sunk Tuchel’s side in extra-time.
Tuchel was furious with the VAR’s decision to cancel a goal scored by Spaniard Marcos Alonso for a seemingly unintentional handball.
“Not only today, it is like this. 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 and from the way how a referee – 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.