Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has criticised Getafe winger Marc Cucurella for his part in Ben Chilwell’s red card during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over the Spanish side in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Chilwell was shown a second yellow card in the 72nd minute after he caught Cucurella with a high boot as he attempted to clear the ball. The referee initially gave a free-kick to Chelsea, but changed his decision after consulting the VAR and reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.
Carragher, who was working as a pundit for CBS Sports, accused Cucurella of exaggerating the contact and making the most of the situation to get Chilwell sent off.
“I think it’s a disgrace from Cucurella,” Carragher said. “He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s trying to get a fellow professional sent off. He’s not hurt, he’s not injured. He gets up straight away and celebrates like he’s scored a goal.”
Carragher added that he felt sorry for Chilwell, who had scored Chelsea’s second goal in the first half and was having an impressive performance.
“I think it’s harsh on Chilwell. He’s just trying to clear the ball. He doesn’t see Cucurella coming in. He doesn’t mean to kick him in the face. It’s unfortunate, but it’s not a red card for me,” Carragher said.
The former England international also praised Chelsea for holding on to their lead despite being reduced to 10 men and securing their place in the last 16 of the competition.
“Chelsea showed great character and resilience. They defended well and managed the game. They deserved to win and they’ve done brilliantly to qualify from a tough group,” Carragher said.
Final Thoughts: Carragher criticises Cucurella for role in Chilwell’s sending off
Jamie Carragher’s criticism of Marc Cucurella for his involvement in Ben Chilwell’s sending off during Chelsea’s Champions League match against Getafe is understandable. As a former professional footballer, Carragher is well placed to offer an expert opinion on the incident.
In Carragher’s view, Cucurella was guilty of exaggerating the contact and making the most of the situation to get Chilwell sent off. The Getafe winger’s immediate celebration after the incident certainly suggests that he was not as seriously hurt as he made out.
Chilwell, on the other hand, appeared to be genuinely unaware of Cucurella’s presence and did not mean to kick him in the face. It was a moment of misfortune for the Chelsea defender, and Carragher rightly feels sorry for him.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, Chelsea showed great character and resilience to hold on to their lead and secure their place in the last 16 of the competition. This is a testament to the strength of the team and the quality of their coaching.
Overall, Carragher’s comments highlight the need for players to behave ethically on the field of play. Exaggerating contact in order to get an opponent sent off is not only unsporting but also undermines the integrity of the game. It is important that referees are vigilant in such situations and that players are held accountable for their actions.