LONDON (AP) — Jose Mourinho failed to get the better of his former pupil on Saturday as Chelsea was held to 1-1 at Tottenham, with the visiting manager angry to see Fernando Torres sent off as they pushed for a winner.
Chelsea fought back from a goal down, with John Terry's header during a revitalized second-half display canceling out Gylfi Sigurdsson's opener as the Blues seized the initiative against Andre Villas-Boas' team.
With around 10 minutes to go, Torres, who had been at the heart of Chelsea's second-half attacking threat, was shown a second yellow card for an aerial collision with Jan Vertonghen.
"I'm sad because the game was good," Mourinho said. "In the first half it was not such a good Chelsea, in the second half Chelsea was not good — Chelsea was very, very good."
Torres looked incredulous after being shown red, remaining on the pitch in disbelief before eventually heading down the tunnel.
Mourinho was critical of referee Mike Dean, saying: "It's a show for millions of people, and you killed the show because you want to be clever."
Further incensing Mourinho was his belief that Vertonghen should have been suspended for Saturday's encounter.
The midfielder escaped a red card after pulling down the shorts of Nicklas Helenius as the striker went through on goal during Tottenham's win at Aston Villa in the League Cup on Tuesday.
"You go to YouTube — it's top of the ridiculous situations in football — it's ridiculous, the boy was naked," Mourinho said. "And today (Vertonghen) changed the game, so I'm not happy."
Chelsea remains two points behind second-place Tottenham, which is a further two points off north London rival Arsenal after its 2-1 win at Swansea late Saturday.
The London derby was as fiery as the build-up when the tensions between the rival managers spilled out in public.
Villas-Boas, once a junior member of Mourinho's coaching staff at Chelsea and Inter Milan, was facing his former mentor for the first time from an opposing dugout.
Their pre-match greeting at White Hart Lane was more cordial than their verbal exchanges through the media around this match.
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