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Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea – Reaction
BOTH JOSE MOURINHO and Frank Lampard fielded a series of questions following allegations of racism directed towards Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, during the Blues 2-0 Premier League victory over Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A first-half double from Willian – the second from the penalty spot – ensured Chelsea held on to their top-four place over Christmas. Tottenham’s miserable day was compounded by the sending off of Heung-Min Son after the South Korean appeared to kick out at Rudiger midway through the second period.
But sadly, it was the alleged action from a section of the crowd – although initial reports are unclear – that dominated the post-match press conference.
“I’m disappointed that things like that still can happen, but the referee stopped the game,” Mourinho explained.
He spoke to the players, he spoke to the captains, he spoke with the coaches.
“I was losing, I didn’t want the game stopped but immediately when I knew the reason why it was stopped I obviously understood and accepted it. The club is also a very proud club in this kind of situation and the club also internally will try to delete it.”
Lampard was unclear on what had happened but understandably insisted that Chelsea would support their player.
“All I know is Rudiger said he heard a racist chant – but I don’t know anymore – I will support him,” the one-time midfielder said.
Speaking about the match, Mourinho admitted his former side had been the better side, adding: “They were better than us in the first half. They played with a system where they were very comfortable.
“They created problems in the first half, the game was in our half, despite not creating a lot. They were superior, but you look to the goals.
The first is a short corner, with a big mistake.
“The players were not focused – the goals didn’t come on that superiority. In the second half, we changed – we had much more control, we were in our best period. One goal would change the emotion of the game.”
The Spurs chief was equally frustrated over the red card handed to Son, although his opposite number, Lampard insisted referee, Anthony Taylor was correct in his decision to order off the Spurs man: “For me, it is not a red card,” he bemoaned.
“I think if we go to every person in this room, some will say yes and some no. That is not the essence of VAR. VAR is for the penalty in the first half.
“A clear and obvious first half, When you have that situation with Son and Rudiger.”