Dembele says Battle of Stamford Bridge showed Spurs' passion

Mousa Dembele

Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Dembélé received a six game ban for appearing to gouge the eye of Chelsea’s troublemaker Diego Costa.

Mousa Dembélé has said that Spurs fans should take heart from their title race-ending draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The match almost descended into farce when Tottenham appeared to lose their cool as the match and the title slipped away from them, earning a remarkable nine yellow cards as well as seeing retrospective action for Dembélé.

The Belgian appeared to eye-gouge Chelsea’s Spanish striker, a move that the FA did not take to kindly, handing him a long term ban.

In fact, both clubs were heavily fined for the unsavoury scenes and poor discipline on show, with Chelsea handed a £375,000 fine, and Spurs one of £225,000.

But, speaking to Sky Sports, Dembélé believes Spurs fans should be pleased with the passion on show.

“I think they saw passion out there

“Maybe sometimes it was too much, it was, but I think we shown we were passopnate and that we wanted to win it

“I think next year hopefully we can bring this passion but [use it] a bit better.”

Mousa Dembélé has been an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino side this side season and his loss for the last two games of the season were crucial to Spurs conceding second place to their arch rivals Arsenal.

Indeed, the Belgian's win rate when in the side was 52%, yet for the nine games Spurs have had to play without him in the league, they only won four of them, two of which came after the debacle of the Bridge.

Dembélé has made and won the most tackles and duals of any of his teammates, as well as boasting their best pass accuracy, at 90%.

He will be hoping he can put his domestic disappointments behind him by taking his form into the European Championships with of the tournament favourites Belgium.

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