(Watch Video of fracas) Thomas Tuchel, Kelechi Iheanacho react to 30-man brawl at Stamford Bridge during Chelsea win against Leicester

May 19th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reacted to the 30-man brawl involving the Blues and Leicester after tensions flared at Stamford Bridge.

The west London club gained revenge for their FA Cup final defeat with Jorginho’s winning penalty in a 2-1 win boosting their top-four hopes.

Yet the late melee should see both clubs receive sanctions as players, subs and coaches squared up and grappled with each other.

Tempers boiled over when Antonio Rudiger pushed Ricardo Pereira – who was booked for a challenge on Ben Chilwell – with even Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers trying to separate warring stars.

Sub Daniel Amartey, who was accused of ‘disrespect’ for chucking the Chelsea pennant to the Wembley floor, was the only man booked for the scuffles.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said: “I know there was an incident, but I didn’t talk about it before the match or in any meetings. But I think the players were well aware.

“I’m not into these things too much because it can sometimes give you too much energy, too much a feeling for revenge. I don’t like this at all.

“We prepared for a super important match and did what we do, how we play football. We wanted to do it at the highest level possible and this is what we did.

“We needed the intensity and hunger that make us a difficult team to play. There’s nothing more I can say about it.”

Scenes at the end were reminiscent of an acrimonious night in 2016 when Chelsea and Tottenham clashed at Stamford Bridge as a draw handed Leicester the Premier League title.

Leicester hitman Kelechi Iheanacho said: “Antonio Rudiger went aggressively on Ricardo Pereira and that is what caused the fight. I was telling him to calm down.”

Chelsea leapfrogged Leicester into third place and will finish there if they beat Aston Villa on Sunday.

Tuchel said: “It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done.

“The return of the fans made a huge difference. The speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition.

“It was a very strong performance and I’m delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans.

“We played courageously, high intensity, aggressively. Happy to have the win. But I need to repeat – it’s not done.”

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