Ajax forward, Dusan Tadic has revealed that referee, Gianluca Rocchi’s “destructive” performance robbed his side of victory in their dramatic UEFA Champions League 4-4 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
According to the 30-year-old Serbian international, the Dutch side were much better than the Blues, adding that the referee stole their victory against Frank Lampard’s side.
Chelsea were three goals down in the Champions League tie, before Ajax saw two of their central defenders Daley Blind and Joel Veltman sent off.
It swung the match in Chelsea’s favour, with a second penalty of the match from Jorginho and goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James bringing the hosts level at 4-4.
“We were much better,” Tadic was quoted by Goal as telling reporters after the match.
“We should just talk about our game because we had 4-1 and everything was under control and then one man [referee Gianluca Rocchi] steals everything from us.
“Big disappointment, because we should just talk about Ajax and how we play nice football, but we cannot because one guy came and stole everything.
“We saw a situation where there’s a foul on Daley Blind, then it’s not second yellow for Daley Blind, then it’s not second yellow for Joel Veltman, then it’s not a penalty. I have never in my life seen triple punishment, never. But everything starts with a foul on Daley Blind, he was tackled by [Christian] Pulisic I think.
“It’s a big disappointment. I don’t like to make excuses, I don’t like to talk about other people. We should just be talking about how Ajax played much better than Chelsea but we cannot because somebody destroyed our game,” he said.
Spanish Footballer, David Villa Announces Retirement
Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer David Villa has announced he will retire from playing at the end of the Japanese season when he will be aged 38.
Villa, who plays for J1 League side Vissel Kobe, will bow out having won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008 with Spain, and the Champions League in 2011 with Barcelona.
After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season. Thank you to all the teams, coaches and teammates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career. Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me. pic.twitter.com/E82vb3tNwT
— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) November 13, 2019
The 37-year-old is Spain’s top scorer with 59 goals in 98 games, with four of those coming at Euro 2008 where he won the Golden Boot and was named in the team of the tournament.
The former Valencia man said in a statement on social media: “After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season.
“Thank you to all the teams, coaches and team-mates that have allowed me to enjoy this dream career.
“Thank you to my family, that has always been there to support me through good and hard times. It is my objective to put the cherry on top by winning the Emperor’s Cup with Vissel Kobe on January 1st.
“From then on, I will continue to enjoy football through all the projects that we’re currently developing with DV7 group. Thank you for all the love.”
Wenger under fire as former Arsenal boss prepares to join Bayern Munich
Former Chelsea and France defender, Marcel Desailly, has said Arsene Wenger is too old to be favourite for the Bayern Munich job.
Wenger, 70, is set to replace Niko Kovac, who was sacked on Sunday following their 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
But Desailly believes his compatriot is no longer suited to life in the dugout.
“No, he should not be in the dugout. It’s not for him any more,” he said on beIN Sport.
“He has great possibilities to restructure, to build up the philosophy of the club, towards the first team and the academy.
“But as a frontline, we don’t see him anymore. He’s 70 years old.”
EPL: Three first team players to leave Chelsea revealed
Chelsea are prepared to sell three first-team players in January as manager Frank Lampard looks to shake up his squad at Stamford Bridge, The Telegraph reports.
Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Marcos Alonso are up for sell if the Blues receive worthwhile bids for them.
Giroud and Pedro’s contracts both expire in June 2020 and will be allowed to begin negotiations with foreign clubs in January.
Chelsea are willing to offload Giroud in January so they can recoup some money from him, rather than letting him leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Giroud has fallen down the pecking order since Lampard arrived last summer.
The Frenchman has started just one competitive match this season and wants regular football to give himself a chance of playing for France at Euro 2020.
Pedro has also seen himself become less important within the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard’s preference to play younger players, as well as the summer arrival of Christian Pulisic, has meant the Spaniard is no longer a regular starter.
Alonso has also been in and out of the Chelsea team and it may be time for him to call it quits on his Stamford Bridge career sooner rather than later.
Chelsea are said to be interested in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell next summer and that would leave Alonso seemingly ready to go.
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