Harry Redknapp says Chelsea are just doing what Leeds United did

Former Spurs and QPR boss has defended Chelsea pressuring the referee, comparing them to a Leeds United side of four decades earlier.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has defended the way Chelsea surrounded the referee against PSG, telling The Sun it is just part of the game of football.

Redknapp argues Chelsea were just trying to gain an advantage against PSG in the manner of their complaints about Zlatan Ibrahimovic's tackle on Oscar, and the referee should have been strong enough to make his own decision regardless.

He added it was not a new phenomenon, comparing Chelsea to Don Revie's Leeds sides of the 70s.

He said: "The way the Chelsea players behaved shows the togetherness and unity that winning teams need. Back in the 70s at Leeds, there was Norman Hunter, Johnny Giles and Billy Bremner who did all that sort of thing. Roy Keane did it for years with Manchester United and look what it did it for them."

While Chelsea's opponents PSG were reduced to 10 men on the night last week, the decision did not cost them, as Jose Mourinho's side ended up being defeated on away goals and knocked out of the Champions League.

Chelsea captain John Terry had defended his side's actions speaking to The Guardian last week, insisting his teammates were just sticking up for one another, in response to SkySports pundit Graeme Souness complaining it was not a 'British way' of acting. 

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle also compared Chelsea to the behaviour of old Leeds United teams, in a column for The Mail, and the Manchester United team of the 90s, and with the 'habit' part of the game for generations, sadly for Souness, complaining it is a trend brought in from abroad is not strictly true.

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