'Didn't know they hated us until that night': Danny Rose comments on Tottenham and Chelsea rivalry

Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has spoken about the rivalry with Chelsea and the famous “Battle of the Bridge” in 2016.

The 29-year-old joined Newcastle United on a six-month loan deal back in January.

Rose failed to impress Jose Mourinho, who took over the helm at Spurs, as he previously claimed he “always knew he wouldn’t play” under the former Chelsea manager (Daily Mail).

The England international was widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the league under Mauricio Pochettino and was close to winning the Premier League in 2015/16.

But his (and Tottenham’s) dream crumbled when the 2-2 draw against Chelsea in May 2016 sealed the title for Leicester City.

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Speaking about the match on an Instagram Live (as reported by Football London), Rose said: “There’s a bit of hatred between us but I didn’t know Chelsea hated us until that night.

“They were struggling in the league and one of the coaches said leading up to the game that is the best Chelsea had trained all season. It was one of those things.”

Chelsea were trailing by two at half-time before Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard slotted in a goal apiece to end the heated battle in a draw.

Although, as Rose mentioned, Chelsea were not doing well back then; finishing 10th in the league in a disastrous title-defence campaign. But Blues players and fans couldn’t help but celebrate their city rivals’ misery.

To keep in mind, Chelsea won the league title the following season under Antonio Conte.

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