Ralph Hasenhuttl and Thomas Tuchel bemoan refereeing decisions after Chelsea beat Southampton

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Hasenhuttl praises 'brave' Saints performance

After Chelsea's 3-1 win over their 10-man counterparts at Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea manager, and Ralph Hasenhuttl, the Southampton counterpart bemoaned key video assistant referee interventions.

Chelsea forward Timo Werner's first-half header was ruled out by Cesar Azpilicueta for fouling in the buildup. Saints captain James Ward-Prowse was sent off to challenge Jorginho late on.

Both decisions were made with input from Mike Dean, VAR. Werner's goal was awarded by Martin Atkinson on-field official. Ward-Prowse was later booked for his sliding tackle.

Hasenhuttl stated that he felt Ward-Prowse was "relatively clear" after Dean instructed Atkinson, to evaluate the challenge.

Hasenhuttl stated that Mike Dean is VAR and it was always a problem because of our lack of history.

The Saints boss spoke to BBC Match of the Day and said: "When we press high, sometimes you have situations like these when you are a little late."

"[On] VAR Mike Dean's red card, it is the third time that he has given us a redcard while I am here. But, OK."

Ward-Prowse had drew the visitors level at the penalty spot after 61 minute, cancelling Trevoh Chalobah’s opener.

After Ward-Prowse was dismissed with 13 minutes left, winless Southampton couldn't hold on to a point. Werner and Ben Chilwell scored in the final six minutes of play to propel Chelsea to the top of the table.

Chelsea beat Southampton 3-1

Tuchel was happy with the outcome, but said that he could not believe Werner's goal in the first half.

Azpilicueta was adjudged guilty of having fouled Kyle Walker–Peters when he regained possession on the right and crossed into the box. Although Romelu Lukaku couldn't reach the ball initially, Werner was able to score when Callum Hudson Odoi sent it back from the other side.

Atkinson saw the pitchside monitor, and Tuchel was given a booking for his reaction.

Tuchel stated that he was angry because he couldn't believe that this could happen in Premier League, where you would return to a 50-50 match that wasn’t even close to the goal.

"I knew before the season that we did not want soft touches. We wanted contact games.

"We are here today, in the rain, in London. An intense game. But the ref disallowed our goal."