Blues tactics were Noe fair

Last updated : 20 January 2005 By Alistair Murray

Jol was a coach in Holland while Robben was setting the Dutch league alight, at Groningen before he switched to PSV Eindhoven.

"Robben is the best player since Johan Cruyff in the Netherlands, and I am not the only one saying that. There are maybe two or three players as good as he is in the last 20 or 30 years. He's that good," enthused Jol.

Tottenham right back Noe Pamarot had the arduous task of maintaining Robben until Dean Marney replaced the former Nice defender midway through the second half. Afterwards Pamarot criticised the west Londoners for diving in an attempt to cheat referee Graham Poll.

"There were many Chelsea players diving during the game. It wasn't just the penalty, Robben was doing it as well and I don't think it's fair. He is great player, but he was diving all the time," said Pamarot.

Robben rebuked the Frenchman's accusations, and in turn sought extra protection from officials.

"If defenders are worried about knocking me over then they should be less clumsy. I am not a diver and it's not a problem for me," he said.