seething Jose Mourinho invited scrutiny on the performance of referee Phil Dowd after witnessing his Chelsea side lose 5-3 at Tottenham in a result which wiped out their lead at the top of the Premier League.
Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs ended a 10-match winless run against the Blues, who now share the role of leaders with a Manchester City side who have erased an eight-point deficit on Mourinho’s men. The Chelsea manager complained of a “clear campaign” against his side following Sunday’s draw at Southampton, but escaped Football Association disciplinary action.
He was again aggrieved by two decisions he felt went against his side and may now face FA censure.
The first was when Jan Vertonghen fell and brushed the ball with his hand after blocking Oscar and the second when Mourinho believed Eden Hazard had been hauled down by last man Federico Fazio.
Despite accepting Hazard’s version of events and that no foul had been made, Mourinho used the incident to highlight Dowd’s display.
Mourinho said: “Hazard, honest as always, tells me in his opinion it was not a foul or a red card, so that’s good, in spite of Mr Dowd is too slow to go with that ball, he was like 40 yards away, he made the right decision.
“The decision (that) was like 10 metres away, he couldn’t make and that’s a decision that is the crucial moment of the game.”
This was a reference to the Vertonghen incident, which came when Chelsea led and Mourinho was unwilling to forget, even though many thought it incidental in a game where Chelsea conceded five goals.
Anthony Taylor booked Cesc Fabregas for a dive, rather than award a penalty at Southampton and Mourinho suggested two decisions in two games cost his side maximum points.
Kane’s brace was complemented by efforts from Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli.
“The most important thing today is to congratulate my players,” said head coach Mauricio Pochettino. “It was a great day for us.
“There was a great atmosphere out on the pitch, and for our supporters to. It was a great victory.
“We deserved the victory and we were better than Chelsea.”