Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino asked Antonio Conte to tell his staff to calm down during the Chelsea-Spurs clash on Saturday night. The good relationship between Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte was put to the test yesterday as Chelsea ran out 2-1 victors at Stamford Bridge in a game that handed Tottenham their first defeat of the season.
However, according to reports, the Spurs manager Pochettino was not happy with one particular incident.
The Italian’s assistants in the dugout reacted rather angrily to a late challenge by a Tottenham player on Willian during the closing stages of the game which made Pochettino walk across to Conte and tell him to get his staff to calm down.
Conte had previously visited the Spurs training facility as a guest of Pochettino while manager of the Italian national side and the two reportedly share a good relationship.
While speaking about the incident after the game Conte said, “During the game, we spoke in one moment and he explained to me he was in disagreement with one of my assistants, but nothing important.”
The Chelsea coach immediately gestured to his bench following the comments made by Pochettino. “It was nothing important just a friendly chat and we have a good relationship. It was a chat about some action but I forget that,” Conte added.
Spurs have now failed to win at Stamford Bridge in 30 games played at the Chelsea home ground and continued their poor run against their London rivals.
Antonio Conte was rather happy with the derby victory saying, “I think that this game was right in the behaviours of the players; fantastic.”
“Our fans, also the Tottenham fans. There was a fantastic atmosphere today. I know this type of football in England. I love this,” said the Italian.
There has been much said about Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s antics in his technical area while celebrating goals with Jose Mourinho criticising the Italian after Manchester United’s heavy 4-0 loss at Stamford Bridge but the Chelsea boss remains unaffected by it, perhaps it is simply his passion for the game.
The Blues extended their winning streak to 7 games and Christian Eriksen’s opener was the only goal they have let in during that period.
Chelsea are now top of the Premier League with 31 points after 13 games, followed closely by Liverpool on 30 points in second and Manchester City also on 30 points in 3rd.
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