Chelsea boss Tuchel explains what started his clash with Conte

Chelsea boss Tuchel explains what started his full-time clash with Tottenham's Conte

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained what started the full-time handshake incident between him and Conte following Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were very close to keeping their winning record against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge until Harry Kane grabbed a late equaliser just before full-time.

However, it was the two managers who stole the spotlight after their confrontations during the match.

After the full-time whistle, Tuchel appeared to refuse to let go of Conte’s hand after their full-time handshake which led to more arguments and, eventually, red cards for both.

“I thought when we shake hands you looked in each other eyes, [but] he had a different opinion,” the Chelsea manager told Sky Sports (via Football Daily).

“It was emotional. He was happy when they equalised, and I got a bit heated, but nothing big.”

On the two red cards for both managers, Tuchel added: “It was not necessary, but a lot of things were not necessary.”

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It all started with referee Anthony Taylor’s refusal to call Rodrigo Bentacur’s tackle on Kai Havertz a foul, however.

Spurs scored their first equaliser just after the incident through Pierre-Emile Hojberg which sparked a touchline argument between Tuchel and Conte.

Fabregas described the refereeing decision as “shocking”, and Tuchel clearly agreed with that.

“There was a clear foul on Kai Havertz and the situation goes on and on,” the German insisted.

“Richarlison was offside, and when can you pull hair on a football field?”

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