Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella has insisted that he does not have a problem with Cristian Romero after the Tottenham defender pulled his hair.
The ex-Brighton man made a positive impact against Spurs as he set up Kalidou Koulibaly for Chelsea’s sublime opening goal.
Cucurella was later pulled to the ground by his locks by Romero in what was one of the game’s many flashpoints. To the surprise of some, the match officials decided against punishing the Spurs man.
Harry Kane nodded in from the resulting corner for a stoppage-time leveller to deny Chelsea victory and spark ugly touchline clashes between the rival benches.
Chelsea’s £60million recruit Cucurella insisted he has no issue with Romero – and that he has no plans to cut his trademark curls.
Asked if he will cut his hair as a result of the incident, Cucurella replied: “No, no, never: this is my style.
“For me it was no problem. Before the game I spoke with him and it is a fight on the pitch.
“I have no problem with him and it is only an action in the game.
“Maybe it was an important action as it maybe changed the final result.
“But I think we will have another opportunity in a few months (against Tottenham) and this is our opportunity.”
Referee Anthony Taylor rejected any chance to hand Chelsea a free-kick for Romero’s challenge on Cucurella, while VAR checked the incident but ruled out a red card.
Asked if he was surprised no foul was awarded, Cucurella replied: “For me, yes, because it was clear.
“In the game, out on the pitch, I didn’t see any replay but I think with the video it is very clear.
“This is maybe one error to the referee or the VAR. But sometimes the referee makes good decisions, sometimes not good decisions. This is not my problem.
“The players are focused on the game and maybe we have to work hard to not concede this goal in the last minute in the next games.”
Cucurella cost the Blues around £60m and he has penned a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
He went onto suggest the length of this deal will help him to “play his best football”:
“Well I think maybe it’s a long time, but maybe that will allow me to play my best football at the club.
“It’s good because I’m not pressured, in my mind, it’s not like it’s a six-month deal or something; there’s a chance to play for the team and enjoy my football.
“Of course a contract is only paper, but I’ve come here to stay for many more years.”