Thomas Tuchel gives backing to Anthony Taylor as referee faces first Chelsea game since sparking furious reaction from coach by sending off Reece James against Liverpool
- Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he has no issue with referee Anthony Taylor
- Taylor is due to take charge of Chelsea’s match at Brentford on Saturday
- Tuchel was incensed by Taylor’s decision to send off Reece James at Liverpool
- ‘We cannot get lost in ideas that there is something behind it,’ said the German
Thomas Tuchel insists he has faith in Anthony Taylor as the referee takes charge of Chelsea just seven weeks after sparking an angry reaction with a red card for Reece James at Liverpool.
The dismissal of James for handling on the goal line, when a shot deflected off his leg and onto his arm, prompted Blues fans to launch an online petition to get him banned from officiating their games.
More than 80,000 signed it but Tuchel steered clear of conspiracy theories.
Thomas Tuchel played down Chelsea’s previous experience with referee Anthony Taylor
Referee Taylor sparked fury rom Chelsea for sending off Reece James against Liverpool
‘I trust in the referees,’ said the Chelsea boss. ‘And I trust in Anthony Taylor that he will try to have the best performance.
‘We cannot get lost in ideas that there is something behind it. We have to make ourselves free from this and do what we need to do to be able to win this match.
‘Do we need a top referee? Yes. Do we need good decisions from VAR or maybe no decisions from VAR? Yes.
Sadio Mane’s shot bounced off James’ right thigh and onto his right arm before it was cleared
Tuchel fumed at Taylor’s decision to send off James, much to the bemusement of Jurgen Klopp
Tuchel steered clear of conspiracy theories, adding: ‘Hopefully we can turn things around with Anthony Taylor.’
‘Do we need a little bit of luck? Yes. And hopefully we can turn things around with Anthony Taylor.’
James is available again after an ankle injury that ruled him out of international duty with England.