THOMAS TUCHEL has claimed Chelsea captain Jorginho was blinded by the lights as his shocking error gifted Manchester United a goal.
The midfield maestro bungled his first touch under a high ball as United cleared their lines in Sunday’s blockbuster Premier League encounter.
Red Devils winger Jadon Sancho pounced on the mistake to burst through and slot the ball past a sprawling Edouard Mendy.
That put the visitors 1-0 up at Stamford Bridge – but Blues boss Tuchel had a novel excuse for his skipper’s error.
He said: “He misjudged the situation and I think he was heavily disturbed from the lights. It happens.
“It takes a lot of courage and personality to not be affected during the match and to have the courage to take the penalty. I am very happy that he did it.”
Jorginho made up for his error 20 minutes later when he equalised with a hop-skip-and-jump from the penalty spot.
United defender Aaron Wan-Bissake gave away the spotkick when he booted Thiago Silva in the box.
And Jorginho made amends as he converted after his trademark stuttering run-up left David De Gea wrong-footed in the United net.
Tuchel himself has also seen his name hit the headlines following the frantic 1-1 draw.
The German was shown a yellow cardafter ranting at ref Anthony Taylor for failing to spot an offside and instead awarding the visitors a corner.
Chelsea are one point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table as the Premier League heads into its packed December schedule.