Ange Postecoglou lays into officials as Chelsea hand Tottenham first defeat of season

Tottenham played host to Chelsea in the final Premier League match of gameweek 11 on Monday evening.

One of the most bizarre 90 minutes of football this season saw Spurs fall to a 4-1 defeat, putting an end to their unbeaten run. The Lilywhites will now be looking to bounce back when they face Wolves in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off. Back Tottenham to beat Wolves at 23/20 with bet365.

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November 11, 2023

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Postecoglu hits out at officials

When all was said and done on Monday, the latest London derby ended with five goals, two red cards and four disallowed goals (two for each side).

This, of course, means VAR and the on-field officials were once again a major talking point post-match.

And not too surprisingly given his side lost, Ange Postecoglu was not best pleased with the officials on the day: “I was taught that you grow up and you respect the officials.

“You know what managers do? I tell you what managers do. We, me included, try to find ways to bend the rules and get around them. Tell me what the rule is and I guarantee you’ll have a room full of managers processing ‘how can I get around this?’.

“They’re not the right people. We’re not the right people and I get that people keep saying that. I don’t agree with that. What I want is the best officials always being upskilled to officiate the game. I think that it’s so hard for a referee to officiate the game nowadays. Their authority is constantly getting diminished. I grew up afraid of referees. They’d be like policemen. Nowadays I guess we talk back to policemen as well.

“I’m old school mate. I’m from a bygone era and I just like the purity of the game but that’s not what’s going on. Part of this is my problem. I’ve got to embrace it and find a way to work with it but it goes against everything I want to work with my team on. I want my team to play fast, attacking, high tempo go at it football.

“If we get a red card, a penalty against us, so what. Let’s cop it, let’s go again. But we have to stand around for two minutes trying to figure out if something is offside or not. Let the linesman make the decision. Remember it used to be the benefit of the doubt to the striker. Remember that? We all lived with it. The game didn’t collapse, but like I said I’m an old man shouting at the clouds mate. I’ll cop it for that but that’s who I am.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.