Former Chelsea and Spurs defender Graham Roberts condemned the comments of Chelsea players, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas for their open comments on who they prefer to lift the English Premier League this season.
He described the comments about wanting Leicester City to win the EPL title over Tottenham Hotspurs as “ridiculous” and unprofessional.
Chelsea face Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Monday before hosting Leicester on the final day of the season, meaning that last season’s Premier League title winners could yet have a big say on the destination of the trophy this time around.
Eden Hazard after the 4-1 victory over Bournemouth last weekend said that “the fans, the club and the players” want to see Leicester edge out Tottenham in the title race. On the other hand, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas had earlier revealed that he too would be rooting against Spurs most likely due to his links to the emirates where he played for years.
The comments angered many as it led to suggestions that Chelsea might deliberately lose to Leicester in order to deny Tottenham the title and undermine the integrity of the Premier League and the Chelsea coach had to come out to deny the suggestions.
“You can think it but you don’t need to say it.
“It doesn’t look like it’s going to come to fruition now because Tottenham drew [against West Brom], but they were ridiculous comments. These are supposed to be professional players and if they’d given their all this season, Chelsea wouldn’t be in the position they’re in now.
“They got one of the best managers in the world [Jose Mourinho] sacked by not trying earlier in the season, and now all they want to do is stop Tottenham winning the league. If that’s where their professionalism takes them they’re not very good professionals, because they should want to win every game,” Roberts told ESPN FC.