Mourinho still bitter about Rudiger

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was unhappy with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger for aiding the sending off of his forward player Son Heung-min in the London derby game last weekend.

Mourinho insisted that Rudiger play acted in order to get Son sent off and also mocked that the German would have suffered a broken rib from the incident.

Mourinho mocked after the game: “I hope Rudiger will recover from broken ribs because he will have broken ribs for sure.”

Tottenham play Brighton on Boxing Day, and rather than question 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.”

He also added: “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.

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

“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.”

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