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‘Fair settlement’ as Tuchel insists no hard feelings after Conte clash

14 Aug 2022 | 20:49 | Football

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said he was pleased to receive a “fair settlement” from Tottenham manager Antonio Conte after both were shown red cards for clashing twice during the heated 2-2 tie. on Sunday.

Conte’s hysterical celebrations in Spurs’ first equalizer resulted in the two coaches being penalized squared.

Tuchel then responded by running down the touchline to celebrate as Chelsea took the lead thanks to Reece James in the 13th minute.

But Harry Kane’s 96th-minute equalizer meant Conte had the last laugh.

Tuchel was not pleased with the Italian for not making eye contact during the handshake, which sparked another melee between both the coach and the players.

“It’s been hot from the heat, hot between the benches and hot on the pitch and hot between the spectators,” Tuchel said, with temperatures soaring above 30 degrees Celsius in the British capital.

“There were no hard feelings. I felt like it was a fair tackle from him and a fair tackle from me.

“We don’t insult each other, we don’t fight, we fight for our team and from my side there’s absolutely no hard feelings. I’m surprised we both got red cards for that.”

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clash (Getty)

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte clash (Getty)

Instead, Tuchel’s anger was directed at the officials as both Tottenham’s targets could be disallowed.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s shot was allowed to hold despite the possibility of a foul by Kai Havertz in the build-up and Richarlison was in an offside position when Dane’s shot hit target.

Before the corner situation that led to Kane’s equalizer, Spurs defender Sergio Romero also escaped a red card for pulling Marc Cucurella’s hair to the ground.

“It was a clear foul on Kai Havertz. Ok, the situation kept repeating, then it was a clear offside,” added Tuchel.

“Since when can you pull your hair out on the football field? It’s ridiculous.

“That’s the only disappointment. I’m the happiest coach on earth because we played a great game.”

Conte has dismissed some questions about his relationship with Tuchel, but admitted the gap between the two sides remains despite Spurs’ improvement.

Chelsea won all four of their meetings last season, three of them after Conte took charge in November.

“In my opinion it is better to talk about the game,” Conte said. “Chelsea have shown to be a really good team, but compared to last season we did a little bit better.

“The difference is very clear. This team won the Champions League two years ago, last year won the Club World Cup, reached the final of the FA Cup and the Carabao (League) Cup.

“There is a difference between Chelsea and Tottenham but we are here to reduce this gap. Last season we lost three times, this time we drew so it was a small step forward.”