Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel singles out Conor Gallagher after red card in Leicester win

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Having been shown his first yellow with just 22 minutes played at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea midfielder received his marching orders a mere six minutes later. As Harvey Barnes led a Foxes’ counter from a Blues corner, Gallagher cynically scythed the winger down to deny the promising Leicester attack.

The dismissal – Chelsea’s second in two games following Kalidou Koulibaly’s red in last weekend’s humiliating 3-0 defeat to Leeds – saw the odds subsequently stacked against the hosts. However, a second-half brace from Raheem Sterling put Tuchel’s side in a commanding position and ensured Barnes’ response was a mere consolation.

Following the result, Tuchel, who watched the match from the hospitality area as he served a ban following his fracas with Antonio Conte in his side’s recent 2-2 draw with Tottenham, lambasted Gallagher for his decision-making. He said: “I think we were in total control, had big chance, more than a chance with Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], had the penalty and marginal offside but it looked like not offside on our mobile devices. Suddenly, you’re one man down with Conor.

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