Danny Rose says he did not realise just how much Chelsea hated Tottenham until the infamous ‘battle of the bridge’ in 2016.
Tottenham were chasing Leicester City for the title that season and had already lost a lot of ground to the Foxes heading into the clash at Stamford Bridge, which the Lilywhites had to win to keep the title race alive.
What followed was one of the most fiercely contested (and some would say the dirtiest) games of modern times, with players from both sides flying into tackles and with several fights breaking out, including one after the full-time whistle.
Danny Rose can’t believe Pochettino went to Chelsea
Rose has now opened up about his experiences of the game and admitted that he was extremely surprised to see Mauricio Pochettino, who was in the away dugout in that game, take over at Chelsea, given the rivalry between the clubs.
Watch what the former Tottenham man told talkSPORT about the infamous game in 2016:
“I was at #THFC for 14 years and never understood the rivalry until that game…” 😅
“I didn’t know #CFC hated Spurs so much. I never, ever thought Poch would go there!”
Danny Rose reveals how shocked he was playing in the Battle of the Bridge. 😱🔥 pic.twitter.com/f2wglVu6Pk
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 31, 2023
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Tottenham had effectively lost the title ahead of that game, owing to their failure to beat West Brom at White Hart Lane in the match before.
The game at Stamford Bridge effectively became about the two sets of players making a point to one another. It is quite unbelievable that there was no red card shown as there could have easily been three or four.
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