‘I did NOT like his performance’: Jose Mourinho hits out at referee Andre Marriner for awarding Chelsea a decisive penalty in defeat by Thomas Tuchel’s side… as he admits result is ‘painful’ after controversial decision
Jose Mourinho criticised referee Andre Marriner’s performance as Tottenham slumped to a third consecutive defeat at the hands of his former club Chelsea.
Jorginho’s first half penalty was enough to secure victory for the Blues, consigning Mourinho to two consecutive home defeats for the first time in his managerial career and give their own Champions League qualification hopes a boost.
Eric Dier conceded the penalty despite appearing to make a minimal contact with Timo Werner.
Jose Mourinho criticised referee Andre Marriner’s performance in Spurs’ 1-0 loss to Chelsea
Marriner (right) pointed to the spot to give Chelsea a first-half penalty which they scored from
The Spurs boss made a beeline for Marriner after the full-time whistle and when asked about what he said, Mourinho answered: ‘I consider him one of the best referees in the Premier League. I care for him and I have big admiration for.
‘That gives me a good position to tell you I did not like his performance.
‘The struggle was the penalty, in the end a penalty decides the game. In the end they score a penalty which is not a penalty that you say is a dangerous situation, one on one, almost scoring.
Spurs’ Eric Dier (left) fouled Timo Werner inside the box and Jorginho scored the penalty
‘It’s a penalty that is difficult to accept and to lose the game like this is a bit painful.’
On his side’s loss, Mourinho added: ‘If you want to be pragmatic, one penalty, one goal, 1-0.
‘When a team is in a difficult game against Chelsea, you concede that penalty and are affected by it.
‘By the end of the the first half I saw a team that was struggling but it was totally the opposite in the second half.
Mourinho (right) also opted not to bring on Gareth Bale (left) in the second period in London
‘We miss a lot of important players but the spirit in the second half is untouchable.’
Despite chasing an equaliser for most of the game, Mourinho didn’t bring on Gareth Bale.
When asked why, the Spurs boss provided a tetchy response, saying: ‘I am doing my best. He is doing his best and everyone is doing the best.’
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel made his point with the biggest win of his reign at the club so far.
The result was Thomas Tuchel’s second win in three matches as Chelsea’s new head coach
Prior to the clash, Mourinho cranked up the pressure on the German by claiming winning silverware at Stamford Bridge is easy.
But Tuchel had the last laugh and said: ‘Every experience we make is a step forward and we are open to learn from it.
‘In football, there are many ways to have a good performance and if we have to suffer, we have to suffer.’
Thiago Silva limped off with a muscular injury in the first half and Tuchel added: ‘I saw Thiago with a big strap, it’s worrying because it’s a muscle injury.’