Thomas Tuchel responds to Chelsea’s comeback victory over West Ham and the contentious VAR decision as ‘super tough.’

Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz were on target for the Blues

Thomas Tuchel praised Chelsea after their comeback victory over West Ham, saying VAR made the correct decision to rule out David Moyes’ side’s late goal.

On 62 minutes, Michail Antonio scored against the run of play to give West Ham the lead at Stamford Bridge, but the hosts responded with goals from Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.

West Ham thought they had equalized in injury time when Maxwel Cornet fired into a nearly empty net, but VAR told referee Andrew Madley to consult the pitchside monitor and overturned the goal for a foul on Edouard Mendy.

The decision infuriated Hammers manager David Moyes, but Tuchel believes Jarrod Bowen committed a ‘clear foul’ on Mendy just before the goal.

Tuchel said: ‘It is super tough to score against West Ham, they defend deep and with bodies – the game became more complicated with the goal we gave away.

‘It was a huge effort to come back and huge credit to the team, the impact from the bench – full credit to everybody.

‘It was not easy to keep the belief, it is hard to attack fluid and create chances against West Ham, nobody plays an open, spectacular match against them.

We take it now step by step, we will try to use this momentum – things are clear now, we can demand full commitment to everything. We are in the middle of creating this and it is not finished.’

On West Ham’s disallowed goal:

‘It was a clear foul on the goalkeeper, I had doubts about the first one – but I will not comment, last time I got punished with huge fines. You give your opinion, you will not be fined.’

Due to West Ham’s disallowed goal, big-spending Chelsea was able to earn their third victory of the year and move up to fifth place in the Premier League, while West Ham fell to seventeenth.

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“How you can go over to the monitor and call that a foul?”
“It’s an absolute disgrace!” ðŸ˜
Declan Rice was NOT happy with the decision to rule out a late West Ham equaliser.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 3, 2022

Chilwell, who scored for Chelsea, said:

‘The last 20 or 30 minutes were a lot of different emotions! Just happy to get the win.

‘I have had to be patient, bide my time and make sure I am training hard to make sure I can come in and make an impact.’

On the controversial VAR call, Chilwell added:

‘I went over to look at the VAR screen and from my point of view it was a foul – we put ourselves in that position and should have done, it’s that bit of luck we got today.’