Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou appeared to poke fun at Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta following his team’s defeat to Chelsea.
Spurs were seeking to maintain their unblemished Premier League record against Chelsea on Monday night.
Their task grew more difficult after Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie were expelled. Chelsea won the match 4-1 courtesy to a Cole Palmer penalty and a hat trick from Nicolas Jackson. The hosts were led to victory by Dejan Kulusevski.
When asked about the referee’s choices after the game, Postecoglou appeared to take a go at Arteta for the Gunners manager’s heated diatribe following their defeat to Newcastle. The video is embedded below.
“Premier League managers should just manage their football clubs,” the Australian remarked. I’ve never talked to a referee about the rules of the game, and I never will. I was taught that you mature and respect the authorities.
“Are you aware of what managers do? I’ll tell you what managers, like myself, do: we strive to find ways to bend the rules. Tell me the rule, and I bet you’ll have a room full of managers thinking about “how can I get around this?”
Postecoglou went on to say, “We’re not the right people.” This is something I keep hearing. It does not sit well with me. What I want is for the greatest officials to always improve their ability to officiate the game. But I believe it is quite difficult for referees to officiate these days.
“Their authority is constantly being eroded.” I was terrified of referees as a child. They would be like cops. Nowadays, I suppose we also argue with cops. I’m a traditionalist. I’m from another period. “I just love how pure the game is.”
Spurs stay second in the Premier League table, one point behind champions Manchester City, as a consequence of the result.