Antonio Conte continues war of words with Thomas Tuchel after Instagram threat
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says he wished he tripped Thomas Tuchel up as the German celebrated Chelsea’s second goal on Sunday, insisting his opposite number would have “deserved” it
Antonio Conte took a swipe at Thomas Tuchel on Instagram following their heated touchline bust-ups during the thrilling 2-2 between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Italian posted a clip of Tuchel sprinting past him down the touchline in the aftermath of Chelsea’s second goal, insisting that he wished he’d tripped the German up.
“Lucky I didn’t see you, making you trip over would have been well deserved,” Conte wrote, along with three laughing face emojis.
The two hot-headed managers more-or-less spent the afternoon at each other’s throats.
Conte took the first swing by celebrating Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equaliser on the edge of Tuchel’s technical area before the Chelsea boss got his own back by sprinting up the touchline past his opposite number after Reece James put the Blues back in front.
They clashed again as they shook hands at full time after Tuchel took exception to Conte not looking him in the eye by refusing to let got of the Italian’s hand, sparking a tense nose-to-nose confrontation between the pair before they were both eventually sent off.
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“I thought when you shake hands you look into each other’s eyes. Antonio [Conte] had other ideas,” Tuchel said after the game, though later insisted that he had “no problem” with his opposite number.
Conte meanwhile refused to discuss his clashes with Tuchel, saying: “I don’t want to comment on the situation, if there is a problem that is between me and [Tuchel] and not anyone else.”
Kalidou Koulibaly put the Blues ahead with a sumptuous volley before Hojbjerg slotted home from the edge of the box to equalise. James then fired Chelsea back in front before Harry Kane rescued a point for the visitors in the sixth minute of added on time.
Chelsea felt hard done by as both of Tottenham’s goals came about via dubious circumstances. They felt Kai Havertz was fouled in the build-up to Hojbjerg’s goal while Richarlison arguably should’ve been flagged for offside, while Cristian Romero yanking Marc Cucurella’s hair prior to Kane’s last-minute goal was controversially dismissed by VAR.