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Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has sent a fiery message to Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after their touchline altercations on Sunday evening.
The Blues hosted Spurs in their second Premier League game of the season, with the London rivals eventually drawing 2-2 in a dramatic encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Reece James scored what the Blues thought would be the winner minutes later, only for Harry Kane to score six minutes into added time to ensure the points were shared.
Both during and after the match, Tuchel and Conte came to blows after tensions were raised throughout the evening, with the former visibly angry at some of the decisions that were made.
The latter, however, has now taken to social media to send a message to his counterpart, having previously spent two seasons as Chelsea manager from 2016 to 2018.
Conte posted a story on his Instagram account with a picture of Tuchel celebrating James’ goal, with the caption saying: “Lucky I didn’t see you… making you trip over would have been well deserved…”
During his post-match press conference, Tuchel commented on his altercations with Conte, including a fiery handshake after the full-time whistle.
“I just compared it to two players who had a bit of fight on the field and nothing happens,” said the German.
“Nobody gets injured and the players, if you have a hard tackle or fair tackle, if you don’t go and apologise, there’s no need.
“It’s Premier League football and the two managers got involved today because both of us were fighting for our teams.
“That was it, nobody got insulted, nobody got hurt, we didn’t have a fist fight or something.
Antonio Conte on Thomas Tuchel: pic.twitter.com/LXaywYhiio— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) August 14, 2022
“For me, it’s not a big deal. It was part of it today and it boiled of course and it featured us. Both nothing bad. Today it was part of the ban.”
Referee Anthony Taylor was also a key talking point of the match, with both of Spurs’ goals proving to be controversial.
Kai Havertz appeared to be fouled in the buildup to the first and Richarlison was in an offside position, with Marc Cucurella having his hair pulled by Cristian Romero before Kane netted the second.
Tuchel shared his belief that both goals should not have counted, and how fans believe that Taylor has a history of bad decisions with Chelsea: “I don’t think just some of the fans think that. I can assure you the whole dressing room of us, every single person, thinks that.
“I can’t understand how the first goal is not offside and I can’t understand when a player is pulled by their hair, the other player stays on the pitch. Pull someone else’s hair, stay on the pitch and attack the last corner.
“This is for me without any explanation and I don’t want to accept it. Both goals should not stand and it’s a fair result because we were brilliant, deserved to win. This is my point of view.”