Chelsea were forced to play the second-half at Liverpool with ten men after Reece James’ red card which left Thomas Tuchel questioning the rules as the Blues battled to a draw
Thomas Tuchel claims he “doesn’t know the rules anymore” after Reece James was sent-off in Chelsea’s draw at Liverpool.
The Blues defender was dismissed for a deliberate handball on the stroke of half-time with the visitors 1-0 up..
Mohamed Salah levelled the scores at Anfield from the penalty spot after Kai Havertz had nodded home the opener and Chelsea were forced to play the second-half a man down.
Before the red card Tuchel’s side had dominated proceedings and were looking to keep up their 100 per cent start to the season.
Referee Anthony Taylor had to consult the VAR monitor and the Blues boss questioned the consistency of the rules.
He told the BBC: “The red card – I’m not even sure any more if it’s the rules or not the rules. You have to accept the decision. He maybe would have changed his mind with moving pictures.
“In the end it maybe would have stayed the same. I don’t like early red cards in general because it spoils the game. In the end it was a tough and hard fight. We showed great resilience and deserved the point.
“We decided to stay in a back five. We wanted to stay active and make it hard to create chances. The first 10 minutes seemed endless.
“The last five minutes I was actually praying we take what we deserved. It was a hard and a tough one, but a very strong second half defensively.”
He also told Sky Sports: “At half-time we have to substitute [N’golo] Kante due to injury. Suddenly the world is upside down.
“I cannot praise the team enough, I do not know if there is a harder stadium than City and Anfield to go one man down.
“Because of Liverpool’s quality and energy, for the first 10 minutes it felt like it was never going to end.
“Then, the next half an hour it was like maybe we will create a chance and score one and make it harder for them.
“For the last five minutes hopefully we survive and take a well-deserved point. Resilience and team-work was absolutely fantastic.”