Chelsea‘s official website suggested Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez had fouled David Luiz in the lead-up to the defender’s sending off at Stamford Bridge.
Luiz was among Chelsea’s standout performers in the London derby but the 30-year-old was given his marching orders for a challenge on Sead Kolasinac in the 87th minute of the goalless draw.
Just moments before his red card, though, the Brazilian was involved in a tussle with Sanchez and Chelsea’s official match report insinuates that play should have been stopped.
‘David Luiz, earlier booked, was shown a straight red for a late challenge on Kolasinac in front of the dugouts, although it looked like Sanchez had fouled him in the build-up to it,’ the report reads on Chelsea’s website.
‘That was the last noteworthy action of an entertaining afternoon that both sides will feel they might have got more from.’
Antonio Conte also brought up what happened before Luiz’s tackle in the aftermath of the draw.
He said: ‘David Luiz, you know very well that I don’t like to comment about the referee.
‘I don’t do it in the past, or the present. You need to see what happened before the tackle.
‘We have great respect for officials, but it is strange to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with ten men.’
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Conte defends Morata’s performance
Alvaro Morata received criticism for a perceived lack of physicality against Arsenal, but Antonio Conte has faith in the striker.
Antonio Conte defended Alvaro Morata from criticism after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal, offering a reminder that a striker can still play well even if he does not score.
Chelsea were held to a frustrating stalemate at home on Sunday, with Morata unable to add to his solid contribution of three goals and two assists in the Premier League.
Despite making a good start to life at Chelsea, some have suggested Morata needs to become a more impressive physical specimen, particularly after Sunday’s draw.
But Conte dismissed any criticism aimed in the Spaniard’s direction, insisting he is more than content with the striker’s showing against Arsene Wenger’s side.
“I don’t know [if his physicality is a problem],” Conte said at his post-match media conference.
“In my opinion, Morata played a really good game.
“I’m very happy with his performance. In my opinion, for me, he played very well today. He had a lot of the ball and tried to send Willian, Pedro, our wing-backs [forward with his passes].
“He played a really good game. We are focused on whether the number nine scores or not.
“If he scored he played a good game, if he doesn’t he didn’t have a good game. But I was happy with his performance. We see different things.”