Lamela admits to treading on Fabregas’ hand but claims: It’s part of game

first_imgMOST YELLOW CARDS IN A PL GAMEMay 2, 2016: Chelsea vs Spurs – 12Aug 28, 2010: Wolves vs Newcastle – 12Dec 12, 2016: Burnley vs Middlesbrough – 11Oct 25, 1998: Leeds vs Chelsea – 11But Spurs have never beaten the Blues at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and have not won there since 1990.Lamela said: “It’s been difficult for us to win there but we now have a great opportunity. If we win we’ve a very good chance to finish in the top four.“But we know they’re really strong. They’ve good players and it’ll be hard.“I don’t see this game as revenge for that one two years ago. This is another game, another season.”Lamela relishes derby matches. He has previously played in the “Superclasico” in Argentina between River Plate and Boca Juniors.5 Erik Lamela knows winning is everything ahead of today’s clash at ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – GettyArsenal star Jack Wilshere and Tottenham’s Erik Lamela argue after the final whistle at WembleyHe said: “River-Boca is a big, big derby and it’s really intense. For the people, it’s more than just three points.“You have to realise it’s more than just one game. You have to win. If not, you are the worst. It’s too much. It’s not balanced.“All supporters want to win the derby. It’s the most important game of the season. For us, of course it’s important but every game is important. If we win the derby and we don’t win the next one, it means the same.”Lamela will not stop winding up opponents on the pitch, either.5 Erik Lamela will be hoping to make a difference against ChelseaCredit: AFP or licensorsHe famously made former Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend look stupid when he nutmegged him during a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace last season.Boss Mauricio Pochettino was critical about his player after the game, insisting it was vital to show respect.But Lamela said: “I never talked with the manager about this. I didn’t do it to humiliate — I play like this and I won’t change whether we are winning or losing.”Dele Alli gets support from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as he hopes to recover from poor form However, the Tottenham ace has improved the defensive side of his game.And he admitted: “In football, you need to attack and you need to defend.“The more you do, the better it is for the team.“If I can defend I’ll try for my team because, of course, I want to win.“We all do the same, looking at everything.”5 Tottenham winger Erik Lamela insists he has matured as a playerCredit: REUTERSLamela also has stopped being a sore loser.He said: “Before, I was angry after games, especially if I didn’t play well.“But I understand that if you lose, you lose. The important thing is to put everything on the pitch.“I have matured. Football is football but outside of it you have a life too.”Erik Lamela scores first goal in 16 months during comfortable FA Cup win for Tottenham against Newport County ERIK LAMELA expects another X-rated Battle of the Bridge today.Two years ago, Chelsea fought back from 2-0 down to claim a draw in an ill-tempered game that ended Tottenham’s chances of the title.5 Erik Lamela and Cesc Fabregas square up to each other during Battle of the BridgeCredit: AFP or licensorsThere were NINE Spurs players booked, including Lamela. The Argentinian was involved in one of many explosive incidents when he trod on Cesc Fabregas’ hand.And he now admits: “Of course, they don’t like us and they did their best to win the game. It’s football.“The game was emotional. Sometimes, in a tackle, you want to win the ball but you arrive one second too late and it’s a big foul.“This happens when the game is very intense, especially in a derby.5 Chelsea fought back from 2-0 down to beat Spurs in a heated clash two years agoCredit: PA:Press AssociationFull Sunday Premier League preview including Arsenal v Stoke and Chelsea v Tottenham “But what happened on the pitch stays on the pitch.”On the Fabregas incident, Lamela added: “I stepped on his hand but I didn’t see Fabregas. I was just walking. It can happen.“Sometimes defenders kick me without the ball and no one sees. It’s part of the game.“Every derby — it’s nice to play in those games. Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham. They are special games.“In them, you always have to put in something more to win. This is what we did and they did, too. That’s why the game was so intense.”Today’s match has a lot riding on it, too. Victory for Tottenham will all but end Chelsea’s hopes of catching them and finishing in the top four.BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE STATSYellow cards: Chelsea 3, Tottenham 0Red cards: Chelsea 0, Tottenham 0Fouls: Chelsea 9, Tottenham 20last_img

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