Jose Mourinho was keen to shift the focus away from the refereeing decisions and towards his opponent’s performance as Tottenham lost 2-0 to Chelsea.
Hosting their London rivals at their new stadium for the first time, things did not go to plan for Mourinho’s Tottenham, as a Willian brace gave Chelsea the three points.
The game was overshadowed by a red card shown to Spurs attacker Son Heung-Min by VAR, and allegations of racist abuse towards Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Mourinho insisted that all clubs need to come together to combat the issue of racism.
“I saw nothing, I saw the referee follow the protocol, he came to Andre Marriner (fourth official), he came to me and Frank Lampard and told us what was happening,” he explained to Sky Sports.
“The protocol was followed and we are one of the clubs… every club is together on this situation and of course we are disappointed.”
The former Chelsea boss was not happy with the incident that led to Son’s dismissal, after the South Korean appeared to kick out at Rudiger.
“If he does nothing and the referee immediately gives a yellow card to Rudiger then he won’t have a reaction,” Mourinho said.
“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.
“I think in the first half they were the best team but it is one thing is to arrive at half-time losing 1-0 and another to be losing 2-0. We have to blame ourselves for both goals. We didn’t defend a short corner and the second is a penalty.
“The second half was much better and then we had one player less so it was very difficult. In spite of that we had a reaction, in spite of that we had pride, in spite of that we searched for a goal which could change the state of the game. But it was not possible.
“I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure.”
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