After his team’s loss to Chelsea, Ange Postecoglou, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, seemed to make light of Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal.
On Monday night, Spurs were looking to keep their perfect Premier League record against Chelsea.
With the expulsion of Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie, their task became increasingly challenging. Nicolas Jackson’s hat trick and a Cole Palmer penalty gave Chelsea a 4-1 victory. Dejan Kulusevski guided the hosts to victory.
Postecoglou seemed to criticize Arteta for the Gunners manager’s acrimonious tirade after their loss to Newcastle when questioned about the referee’s decisions following the match. Below is an embed of the video.
The Australian said, “Premier League managers should just manage their football clubs.” I have never discussed the game’s rules with a referee and I never will. I was raised to respect authority and to grow up.
Do you know what a manager does? I’ll tell you what managers like me do: we look for opportunities to break the law. Managers will be thinking, “How can I get around this?” in a room full of people once you tell them the rule.
“We’re not the right people,” Postecoglou continued. I seem to keep hearing about this. I find it difficult to accept. My desire is for the best referees to continuously advance in their officiating skills. But I think that officiating these days is pretty tough for referees.
“Their power is continually being undermined.” When I was younger, referees frightened me. They’d resemble police officers. I suppose we argue with police too these days. I adhere to tradition. I come from a different era. “I simply adore how innocent the game is.”
As a result of the outcome, Spurs remain in second place in the Premier League standings, one point behind champions Manchester City.