Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has this evening sarcastically suggested that Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger likely suffered fractured ribs in the incident that resulted in Heung-min Son being given his marching orders during the meeting between the sides earlier today.
Spurs welcomed their capital rivals to north London this evening, for a Premier League clash.
The matchup came as a crucial one in the race for a top-4 spot, with Frank Lampard’s visitors having occupied the final of the English top-flight’s Champions League berths ahead of kick-off.
A victory for Tottenham, though, would have seen the in-form Lilywhites leapfrog their opponents.
But, when all was said and done, it was struggling Chelsea who emerged with all 3 points.
A pair of first-half goals from Man of the Match Willian eventually proved the difference between the London clubs, bringing to an end a run of 4 defeats in 5 for the Blues.
🇧🇷 Willian is @premierleague Man of the Match
• 1st PL goals against Tottenham
• 1st PL scoring double since Dec 2016
• Most chances created in match (5)
• Most passes into opp. box in match (8)
• 15 sprints – only Abraham (18) made more pic.twitter.com/QeoR2USmA3
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 22, 2019
Highlights: Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea
‘Hope he will recover’
While it had always looked a long-shot that Spurs would manage to claw their way back into things after having been so thoroughly-outplayed over the opening 45 minutes this evening, Jose Mourinho’s men actually did reemerge for the second-half looking reinvigorated.
Any hope that the hosts had of having their improvement reflected in the scoreline, though, was all-but extinguished just past the hour-mark.
This came after Heung-min Son was given his marching orders.
A tangle between the South Korean attacker and Antonio Rudiger in the Chelsea half saw the former needlessly kick out, with a VAR review of the incident having eventually seen Son given his marching orders.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2019
One individual of the opinion that the Spurs star was hard done-by, though, is Jose Mourinho.
Speaking in a post-match interview on Sky Sports, Tottenham boss Mourinho suggested that Son’s red card was ‘a strange one’, whilst also sarcastically criticising Antonio Rudiger for his role in the incident:
‘I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure.’
‘If he does nothing and the referee immediately gives a yellow card to Rudiger then he won’t have a reaction.’
‘But if he doesn’t then you can have this sort of emotional reaction, which the referee and VAR has to analyse.’
‘For me football is football. The Premier League will be English football and for me that red card is a strange one.’
‘But I don’t want to focus on that because my team lost and I have to be complimentary to my opponents because they had the better handle on the game.’