Cesar Azpilicueta has succeeded in appealing against the red card he received in the loss to Aston Villa. The Chelsea captain would have not played the first three matches in the Premier League next season if his suspension was still on.
The 31-year-old defender was sent off after colliding with Jack Grealish. And then, Aston Villa defeated the ten-men Chelsea by a margin of 2-1. Despite the defeat, they qualified for the Champions League next season thanks to Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Leicester City.
Now, the focus shifts on the Champions League final as the Blues play rivals, Manchester City at Porto on May 29th. The ban would have applied to domestic competitions. Thus, it has nothing to do with the Champions League.
FA overturns the three-match ban appeal on Azpilicueta
Jack Grealish reacted theatrically and thus, a slight contact looked like violent conduct. As a result, the referee sent off the Spaniard. It was a disappointing finish for the Pensioners as they finished a place below, at fourth. Liverpool made it to 3rd position after an astonishing comeback performance. However, this decision from FA would have boosted their confidence.
Even Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was unhappy about the decision taken by referee Stuart Atwell. He said,
“Maybe I was not surprised in the end that it was a red card for us and players from Aston Villa get away with (no punishment).”
Chelsea is “all hands on the deck” as they face Pep Guardiola for the final time this season in the Champions League final. Tuchel has defeated the Catalan coach twice, once in the Premier League and then in the FA Cup semifinal this season.
Tuchel would be happy to win the Elite competition. He, along with Thiago Silva, failed to win it last season for Paris Saint Germain.
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