Chelsea were 2-1 victors over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening thanks to a goal from defender Antonio Rudiger, and a second-half penalty from Jorginho.
Yet the scoreline arguably flattered Leicester, and the game could’ve been made a lot easier for the Blues had VAR given them a penalty in the first-half after a laboured challenge from FA Cup final goalscorer Youri Tielemans on Werner.
The Belgian midfielder intercepted Cesar Azpilicueta’s low cross but was soon under pressure from Werner, who stepped across him. Tielemans then attempted to clear but kicked the German’s heel, who fell looking for a penalty, but Mike Dean said there was not enough in it.
And now former referee Dermot Gallagher has said that VAR may not have looked at the right picture at the time to confirm whether or not Werner was clipped, as one angle from behind the goal strongly suggests that there was contact.
“You look at it and Werner’s very, very clever. He puts himself between Tielemans and the ball, you know what all good forwards do,” he told Sky Sports. “You see there from behind the goal, that’s the clearest picture. I think if Mike Dean had got that picture, he would’ve given it. I think if VAR would’ve had a look at that picture, they would’ve given it.”
Werner did later win the penalty for Jorginho’s goal, but the decision summed up his luck on the night after he was denied another two goals by VAR. Chelsea still managed to get three points however, and are now in pole position to qualify for the Champions League once again.
Source by Football London