Thomas Tuchel has praised Chelsea after their comeback win over West Ham and says VAR made the right decision in ruling out a late goal from David Moyes’ side.
Michail Antonio struck against the flow of play to put West Ham ahead in the 62nd minute at Stamford Bridge, but the hosts struck back with goals from Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.
West Ham thought they had leveled in added time when Maxwel Cornet shot into a virtually empty net, but referee Andrew Madley was told by VAR to consult the pitchside monitor and overturned the goal for a foul on Edouard Mendy .
Hammers boss David Moyes was furious with the decision but Tuchel believes Jarrod Bowen committed a “clear foul” on Mendy just before the goal.
Tuchel said: “It’s super difficult to score against West Ham, they defend deep and with bodies – the game got more complicated with the goal we gave away.
“It was a great effort to come back and kudos to the team, the impact from the bench – full credit to everyone.
“It wasn’t easy to keep the faith, it’s hard to attack fluidly and create chances against West Ham, nobody plays an open, spectacular game against them.
“We’re going step by step now, we’re going to try to take advantage of this momentum – things are clear now, we can demand full commitment for everything. We’re in the middle of making it and it’s not done yet.’
On West Ham’s unrecognized goal, Tuchel added: “It was a clear foul on the goalkeeper, I had doubts about the first one – but I won’t comment on it, last time I was penalized with heavy fines. You give your opinion, you will not be penalized.’
West Ham’s unrecognized goal allowed hard-spending Chelsea to secure their third win of the season and lifts the Blues to fifth in the Premier League, while West Ham slips to 17th.
Chelsea goalscorer Chilwell said: “The last 20 or 30 minutes have been a lot of different emotions! I’m just happy about the win.
“I’ve had to be patient, wait for my time and make sure I train hard to make sure I can come in and make a difference.”
On the controversial VAR call, Chilwell added: “I went over to look at the VAR screen and from my perspective it was a foul – we put ourselves in that position and should have, it’s that bit of luck that we had today. ‘
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