Rivals Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel clashed during and after Sunday’s fiercely contested 2-2 Premier League draw between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte has joked he should’ve ‘tripped over’ Thomas Tuchel during Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The two managers clashed at Stamford Bridge, with referee Anthony Taylor dismissing both of them after the game.
Conte and Tuchel initially came to blows after Spurs’ first equaliser as the latter was furious with his opposite number’s overzealous celebrations.
Then, at full-time, they clashed again after the customary handshake. Tuchel kept hold of Conte’s hand when the Italian didn’t look him in the eye, with the pair needing to be separated. It was an astonishing end to an extraordinary Premier League game.
Conte refused to answer questions on the row after the match, although he has since taken to Instagram to expresses his thoughts. “Lucky I didn’t see you… making you trip over would have been well deserved,” wrote Conte, accompanied by some laughing emojis.
The post included a screengrab of Tuchel’s celebrations after Chelsea’s second goal, which re-established their lead. The German sprinted down the touchline – past Conte – while his opposite number looked down in frustration at his team’s defending.
Conte’s late-night social media post was a brilliant way to end a fascinating day at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea took the lead in the first half thanks to Kalidou Koulibaly’s superb volley from Marc Cucurella’s corner, with the two new signings combining well for Tuchel.
Antonio Conte uploaded this to his Instagram account on Sunday night
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Tottenham got back on terms after the interval thanks to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s low drive, but it wasn’t long until Reece James found the net to make it 2-1 to the hosts. Chelsea were denied all three points by Harry Kane’s last-gasp header.
“My opinion is it’s better to talk about the game,” said Conte at full-time. “It was a difficult game for both teams and we try in every game to be competitive. Chelsea showed they are a really good team. Compared to last season we did better, but if we want to create problems for Chelsea [in the table] we have to be better.
“I don’t want to comment on the [Tuchel] situation, this is not the most important thing. If there’s a problem, it’s between me and him. It’s normal to come here and to suffer but at the same time we created chances to stay in the game.”