By Craig Scott

20th Aug, 2022 | 6:40am

Jesse Marsch surprised Phil Hay by saying that Thomas Tuchel should be banned from the touchline for Leeds United versus Chelsea at Elland Road on Sunday.

Tuchel was shown a red card at the end of a fiery 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham last week.

When asked about the incident on Friday (19 August), Marsch said that he “would be disappointed if they allow him to be on the bench” saying it’s a “simple rule” in football that the German shouldn’t be on the touchline [Telegraph].

Since saying that, the FA have confirmed that Tuchel’s touchline ban has been suspended.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast on Friday (19 August, 14m20s), Hay said: “It surprised me slightly that Marsch talked so out of turn about that.

“He was saying, ‘look, he was sent off last weekend therefore he should not be on the touchline’.

“I 100 per cent expected him to just say, ‘well it’s not down to me and makes no real difference’.

“But he clearly wants to see that enforced and I did think it was a good bit of niggle to get going early on.

“Tuchel will still be quietly fuming with everything that went on with Conte last weekend although I did see quotes from Conte earlier saying that Tuchel shouldn’t get a touchline ban.”

Get into them

While we have doubts about Marsch’s in-game management and his tactical decisions, we do like the way the former RB Leipzig manager speaks to the media.

He doesn’t take any rubbish does he?

We completely agree with this comments.

If a player had been sent off for Chelsea in the last game, they’d be suspended.

Why on earth have the FA suspended a one-match touchline ban for the Chelsea manager?

He was shown a red card – he shouldn’t be allowed near the bench.

If this was a manager for a team outside the big-six, would the same happen?

Either way, there’ll no doubt be some added spice now that Tuchel will be on the touchline and will have heard that Marsch said he should not have been there.

It’s going to be a tough game for Leeds regardless and they’ll do well to ensure their unbeaten start to the Premier League season continues.

But Chelsea do have weakeness that we can expose.

And one of them could be that their manager is a bit too hot-headed for his own good.

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