Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel and Southampton counterpart Ralph Hasenhuttl bemoaned key video assistant referee interventions after the Blues received 3-1 in opposition to their 10-man opponents at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea ahead Timo Werner had a first-half header dominated out due to a foul within the build-up by Cesar Azpilicueta, whereas Saints had captain James Ward-Prowse despatched off for a late problem on Jorginho with the rating at 1-1.
Each selections had been made after enter from VAR Mike Dean – Werner’s purpose had been awarded by on-field official Martin Atkinson, who later selected solely to ebook Ward-Prowse for his sliding deal with.
Hasenhuttl mentioned he felt “comparatively clear” Ward-Prowse could be despatched off as soon as Dean had instructed Atkinson to overview the midfielder’s problem.
“It is all the time somewhat little bit of an issue once we know Mike Dean is VAR as a result of now we have not had a superb historical past with him to be sincere,” Hasenhuttl instructed BBC Radio 5 Stay.
Talking to BBC Match of the Day, the Saints boss added: “While you press excessive you then generally have conditions like this if you end up a bit late.
“[On] the pink card from VAR Mike Dean, it’s the third time he gave us a pink card whereas I’m right here, however OK.”
Ward-Prowse had drawn the guests stage from the penalty spot after 61 minutes, cancelling out Trevoh Chalobah’s opener.
However winless Southampton couldn’t maintain out for a degree following Ward-Prowse’s dismissal with 13 minutes remaining, as Werner and Ben Chilwell struck within the remaining six minutes to ship Chelsea high of the desk.
Tuchel was relieved with the consequence however mentioned he “might by no means imagine” the choice to disallow Werner’s first-half purpose.
Azpilicueta was adjudged to have fouled Kyle Walker-Peters in regaining possession on the fitting earlier than crossing into the field. Although Romelu Lukaku was unable to achieve the preliminary ball, Werner discovered the web when Callum Hudson-Odoi despatched it again in from the other facet.
Atkinson seen the pitchside monitor and Tuchel acquired a reserving for his response to the ensuing determination.
“I used to be very indignant as a result of I might by no means imagine this might occur within the Premier League the place you’ll return to a 50-50 that wasn’t even in shut connection to the purpose,” Tuchel mentioned.
“I understood earlier than the season that we did not need comfortable touches, that we wished a contact sport.
“We’re right here right this moment in the course of London within the rain in an intense sport however the ref disallowed the purpose.”