African players abroad Chelsea boss Tuchel says Sadio Mane should have been sent off

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said Senegal striker Sadio Mane should have been sent off in the Premier League game which ended two-all against Liverpool on Sunday evening.

In a post-match interview with Chelsea website, Tuchel said he felt Mane should have been shown a straight red card instead of a yellow for elbowing the hosts defender Cesar Azpilicueta in the opening minute of the game.

I’m not a fan of early red cards and I’m a big fan of Mane because he’s a top guy and fantastic player, but I’m sorry – it was simply a red card,” the German manager is quoted saying.

Mane scored the opening goal for Liverpool before Egyptian Mohamed Salah doubled the advantage early in the first-half at Stamford Bridge.

However, Chelsea found their way into the game when Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic scored just before the end of the first-half.

Chelsea are 10 points behind leaders Manchester City whereas Liverpool are 11 points behind with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Mane and Salah have since flown to Cameroon to represent Senegal and Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

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