Jose Mourinho continues attack on Antonio Rudiger after Heung-min Son's red card

Jose Mourinho has continued his attack on Antonio Rudiger for his role in Heung-min Son’s red card on Sunday.

Spurs are waiting for the outcome of an appeal after South Korean Son kicked out at the Germany ­defender. But rather than ­questioning his winger’s behaviour, the ­ Tottenham boss urged ­ Chelsea centre-back Rudiger to stop play-acting.

Mourinho said: “I think the focus should be on Antonio ­Rudiger and not on Son. I’m not speaking about the racism incident, this is another thing. I am speaking about the red card.

“In the Premier League I love there is no space also for what Rudiger did. Stand up and play, man. This is the Premier League.”

Mourinho was adamant that the second-half ­flashpoint should not have been subject to a VAR check.

Heung-Min Son was sent off for kicking out at Antonio Rudiger

He also took aim at ­Rudiger’s response to being kicked, with the Blues ­defender falling down clutching his stomach.

“That is what I said on Sunday. In some countries, and especially Latin cultures – you go to Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Italy – that happens.

“It is a cultural thing, but not in the Premier League, and the moment we try to punish the reaction of some players, insignificant ­reactions, but you try to punish, and you let it go the other one, it is because then you become part of it.

Jose Mourinho has defended his player

“That’s why I was trying to joke and making a bit of fun about it.

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“Come on, do you think Rudiger plays the next game or do you think he’s injured? I think he plays. And we speak about Son and don’t speak about him.”

Despite the defeat by their Champions League ­qualification rivals, ­Mourinho has vowed to coach Spurs out of their ­defensive problems rather than dip into January’s transfer market.

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Sunday’s loss means Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine games in all competitions. But Mourinho said: “Sunday hasn’t changed my mind.

“I am at ­Tottenham Hotspur. I know the profile of the club, I know the ­project, I know the ­vision, I know the objectives and I know that in our ­transfer market we are going just to react to things that can happen to us.

“Like I was saying, if a player leaves we need to adapt to it. But we are never going to be the kings of the market, ­attacking ­important ­targets, fighting with clubs that are ready by their profile and ­philosophy to splash the cash and go for important targets.

“We need to do our things in an ­intelligent way, a creative way, and I repeat: I like the ­players that I have.”


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