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Thomas Tuchel criticised the referee for his decision to disallow Marcos Alonso's goal, as Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League, and then revealed his unhappiness for the official's conversation with Carlo Ancelotti.
It was a painful night for Tuchel as he saw all his side's good work undone in a matter of minutes, either side of the 90 minute mark.
Chelsea had come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders in the Bernabeu, as they hoped to overturn the 3-1 deficit from the first leg thanks to Karim Benzema's hat-trick, and they looked on course to make it through late in the second half.
After goals from Mason Mount and Antonio Rudiger put them level, Marcos Alonso was adjudged to have handled the ball in what would have been the goal to put the Blues ahead.
It was VAR thar ruled the goal out, and Tuchel wasn't at all happy that referee Szymon Marciniak didn't check the monitor himself to make the decision.
"I didn't see the goal that was disallowed. I'm very, very disappointed for the referee that he didn't check it by himself. Absolutely disappointed," the German told BT Sport after the game.
"I had the feeling both matches that it was like 51 on the other side with all the decisions made. That's what it is if you play Real Madrid in the Champions League. Unlucky today."
It wasn't the only thing that annoyed the German though, with Marciniak conversation with Real boss Ancelotti also annoying him.
Tuchel claimed that the ref was 'unprofessional' for having a laugh with the Italian, though he did note that Ancelotti is a nice guy.
"I was disappointed that the referee had a good time with Carlo," Tuchel added in his post match press conference.
"I know that Carlo is a gentleman and a nice guy but when I wanted to go and say thank you, I saw him smiling and laughing loud with the opponent’s coach.
"I think this is the very, very wrong time to do this after the final whistle, 126 minutes of a team giving their heart and fighting to the last drop.
"When you go and see a referee smiling and laughing with the other coach, it’s very bad timing. I told him this.”
"I see him smiling and laughing with the opponents' coach."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 13, 2022
"I know Carlo is a gentleman, but I think this is the wrong time."
Thomas Tuchel was NOT happy with the referee's conduct after Chelsea's defeat in Madrid 😡😤#UCL pic.twitter.com/UTmI2tRIdK
Tuchel wasn't the only one at Chelsea fuming on the night, with Antonio Rudiger seen screaming at N'Golo Kante for a mistake in the lead up to a chance for the hosts, that Rudiger had to tidy up.
Both the midfielder and defender were at some fault for Benzema's winning goal, his seventh strike in the past three Champions League games for Los Blancos, as Kante failed to close down a pass and Rudiger slipped.
That might not have made much difference, with the Real striker's movement so impressive, as Thierry Henry expertly explained after full time.
After promising so much, it was enough to knock the European champions out of their title defence, so it's no wonder Tuchel was annoyed.
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