Thomas Tuchel and Olivier Giroud lead Chelsea’s vocal protests over Man Utd ‘diving’
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was left furious with some of the decision-making in the first half of his side’s game against Manchester United.
The Blues are looking to continue their unbeaten spell in the Premier League under the German with another win at Stamford Bridge.
And victory would leave them just three points behind United as they aim to cement a place in the top four.
It is certainly a game with a lot riding on it – and Tuchel reflected this with his animated body language on the touchline.
United’s Scott McTominay appeared to go down easily on more than one occasion under challenges by Blues midfielder Mason Mount.
And after one such occasion Tuchel could be heard yelling towards referee Stuart Attwell: “That’s the second time he did not touch him! You talk about English football…”
The outburst came after Olivier Giroud was also left fuming as he conceded a foul on United centre-back Harry Maguire.
The two were overheard in fierce discussion afterwards, with Giroud saying: “Why you lie?!” in reference to his belief that he did not touch the England international.
Despite their complaints, Chelsea may feel like they got away with a big call after Callum Hudson-Odoi appeared to handle the ball in the box with his hand in an unnatural position, but after a VAR check a penalty was not awarded.
It was a decision which certainly split opinion, with Match of the Day presenter Gary Neville tweeting: “I hate the current handball law but under the present guidelines that’s a penalty.”
It comes after Leicester ‘s Wilfried Ndidi conceded a spot-kick for a similar offence in a game earlier in the day between Leicester and Arsenal.