Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction
VERY FEW PEOPLE amongst the crowd of almost 41,000 at Stamford Bridge would disagree that Chelsea thoroughly deserved their derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur. However, Jose Mourinho refused to criticise his players publically following a flat display from the Lilywhites.
The home side eased into a two-goal lead thanks to crisp strikes from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonzo before a late Erik Lamela effort deflected in off Antonio Rudiger to offer some respectability to the scoreline from a Spurs perspective.
“I don’t know – I have no complaints about my players, that is for sure,” Mourinho insisted.
“The result could be different, yes. It could be 3-1, could be 2-2, could be different, but difficult for my players to do differently to what they did.
“So I think that the only thing I can say is with what we have at the moment, the power we have or don’t have, the almost unique situation we’re living in at the moment, it’s very difficult to do better, especially when the opponent scores before us.
“It’s as simple as that. If they press us high, they know that if we go long we don’t win a single ball against the opponent’s defenders. If they drop the block and go with a low block, they know it’s difficult for us to get into the box, especially from the side So opponents they know if they score a goal before us we’re in trouble.
Mourinho continued: “I’m so proud of the boys they fought for the last seconds until the result. I cannot ask more from them, especially Lucas, Lo Celso, Bergwijn these boys that are playing every minute and trying to do miracles in positions that are not their positions. I cannot complain.”
When it was suggested that Giovan Lo Celso could face action for his challenge on Cesar Azpilacueta, Mourinho added: “ I hope the noise is the same noise as when the VAR kills us.
“I hope the noise is exactly the same, as against Liverpool when Robertson should get a red card and didn’t, against Watford when Capoue should get a red card twice, with the same gentleman, Michael Oliver.
“I hope the noise is the same noise?”
As for the admission of a mistake on the incident from Stockley Park, the Spurs boss added: “Why didn’t they say when they made a mistake against Liverpool and against Watford? That is what I mean by the same noise.”