Chelsea remain unbeaten at the start of the new Premier League season thanks to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.
Although, it could have been a lot worse – or a lot better – depending on how Reece James’ red card is viewed.
The England international was given his marching orders in first-half injury-time as he was adjudged to have handled the ball on the goaline which also resulted in the Reds being awarded a penalty.
Mohamed Salah stepped up and tucked home the spot-kick to ensure the points were shared at Anfield in a hugely entertaining contest between two teams expected to challenge for the title.
Having spent the whole second half playing with 10-men, as well as losing N’Golo Kante to injury, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was understandably delighted with a point.
“Can there be any harder challenges than going one man down, taking off N’Golo Kante at half-time, and having Liverpool play towards the Kop?” he asked in his post-match press conference. “So a pretty tough one.
“But we did excellently and we are super happy with what we did. We deserved the point.”
However, the German tactician might change his tune when he watches the incident leading up to James’ red card again as the whole situation could have been avoided.
As discussed by several Chelsea fans on social media, Edouard Mendy appeared to have things under control as he jumped to claim the ball in the air after Joel Matip had kept the attack alive at the back post.
However, Marcos Alonso somehow decided it was necessary to head the ball out of Mendy’s hands which in turn sparked an almighty scramble in the box and ultimately led to James being shown a red card and Salah equalising from the penalty spot.
Of course, the decision has not gone down well with a number of Chelsea supporters on Twitter…
@TweetChelseaUK said: “Watching Alonso head it back into play preventing Mendy from catching it is so painful to see.”
@Chels_HQ said: “All controversy aside, Mendy and Alonso jumping for the same ball was comical. Why not leave it for the goalkeeper?”
@Nathi___N said: “Poor communication between Mendy and Alonso led to the goal.”
Source by Football London