Callum Hudson-Odoi could and arguably should have had a penalty in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Brighton yesterday evening.
The Blues had taken the lead in the first half courtesy of Romelu Lukaku’s header but Danny Welbeck’s last minute equaliser punished the European Champions for the lack of efficiency in front of goal on the night.
Hudson-Odoi was centre to a lot of the controversy on the night with some of the Blues fans saying that his misplaced pass in a two on one situation ultimately handed the title on a platter to Man City.
Chelsea are now eight points behind the Cityzens going into the potential title race showdown at the weekend against Liverpool but should this have been the case if VAR was used correctly?
Well, footage has emerged that wasn’t really mentioned on Amazon’s coverage, showing that the 21-year-old actually should have had a penalty in the incident where he totally fluffed his lines.
As he played his pass across the box to Mason Mount, the backtracking Brighton defender clearly used his arm to stop the ball reaching Chelsea’s number 19 in an incident that really wasn’t highlighted by the commentary team on the night.
Despite this incident that should have gone in favour of the home side, it was another penalty shout that caught the attention more of manager Thomas Tuchel.
Christian Pulisic had went down earlier in the game in delayed fashion but his appeals were waved away by Mike Dean and went unchecked by a ‘joke’ VAR system, according to the German.
He ranted in his post-match Brighton press conference: “With NG [N’Golo] we were again much better, had huge chances and honestly, I would never usually say it but we have 100 per cent a penalty against Christian Pulisic, a 50/50 challenge from Mason Mount before the equaliser.
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“The ball is going into the net, why does he need to whistle before the ball is over the line? Why? We have VAR to check, why can we not wait? If he decides then it is a foul then decide it but why is he so sure? Does he want to keep the tension up?
“The penalty is a joke, honestly a joke, not to interfere from VAR.”
Tuchel will certainly hope that the technology that has caused so much controversy around the footballing world in recent years favours his side more on Sunday against Liverpool.