Thomas Tuchel reacts to disallowed Harry Kane goal vs Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel has told Super Sunday (broadcast on Sky Sports; 23/1; 18:56) that he was surprised to see Harry Kane have a goal disallowed as Tottenham Hotspur were beaten by Chelsea on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s men suffered their third defeat to the Blues this month. Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva in the second-half helped Tuchel’s side secure the three points.
Chelsea were the better side for much of the game. And Tottenham only really grew into the contest once they had conceded a second and Conte brought on Lucas Moura and Oliver Skipp.
But the complexion of the contest could have perhaps been drastically different had Kane not been penalised for a foul on Thiago during the first-half.
Kane put the ball in the back of the net after a smart turn inside the area from the Tottenham man. However, Paul Tierney immediately disallowed the goal following a push on the Chelsea centre-back.
It was a close call. Kane clearly put his hand on the Brazilian’s back, and the pair were travelling at some speed. However, there did not appear to be a lot of force from the Tottenham talisman. And Thiago could have hardly had any complaints had the decision gone the other way.
Tuchel insisted that he is yet to see any replays of the incident. But he did suggest that his first instinct was a feeling of surprise that the referee blew the whistle.
“I didn’t see it actually, I didn’t see it,” he told Super Sunday. “Live, I thought it’s a goal and then, I was surprised. But I did not see it.”
Tottenham form may frustrate Conte more than disallowed Kane goal
Obviously, Conte may not be happy with Kane’s goal being disallowed. A goal at that stage would have set up a fascinating second-half.
But in truth, Tottenham were not the better side over the 90 minutes. And they rarely have been over the course of January.
That should disappoint Conte more than Kane having a goal ruled out in controversial circumstances.
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