‘If I see aggression, I answer with aggression’: Antonio Conte defends his THREE bust-ups during Tottenham’s draw at Chelsea… with Spurs boss claiming tunnel row with Mateo Kovacic ‘can happen when the passion is high’
- Antonio Conte has said he will always respond to aggression with aggression
- The Tottenham manager twice clashed with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel today
- Both managers were sent off after full time in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge
- Reports suggest Conte also confronted Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic
Antonio Conte had a third bust up against Chelsea, barging into Mateo Kovacic in the tunnel after the game, according to a report.
The 2-2 draw between the Blues and Tottenham was rife with aggression as Spurs boss Conte and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel clashed twice in the game, before both were sent off following the full time whistle.
According to The Sun, Conte had to be held back for a third time in the tunnel after the game after he barged into injured Chelsea midfielder Kovacic, before defending his actions, saying that he will ‘answer with aggression’ if it is shown to him first.
Thomas Tuchel (left) and Antonio Conte (right) clashed twice during Chelsea vs Tottenham
The managers had to be separated after emotions ran high in the derby at Stamford Bridge
The first clash between Conte and Tuchel came when the Chelsea manager took exception to the decision to let Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equaliser stand after it appeared Kai Havertz was fouled in the build-up.
The two were separated and booked, before more drama unfolded following two more goals.
Tuchel sprinted past Conte in celebration after Reece James netted what seemed to be a winner for the home side, but the worst was yet to come with dramatic scenes after full time.
When Tuchel went to shake Conte’s hand, the Italian accepted before trying to make a swift exit from the scene.
Both managers were shown red cards following a heated confrontation after full time
Tuchel however was angered by Conte not looking him in the eye, pulling his counterpart back before they squared off again.
Now, it has been reported that Conte didn’t slow down with his rampage, triggering a confrontation with Kovacic in the tunnel after he had already been sent off by referee Anthony Taylor.
Conte wasn’t giving too much away when questioned by Sky Sports after the game, saying: ‘In my opinion it is better to talk about the game. I don’t want to comment on the situation. If there is a problem that is between me and him and not anyone else.
Conte also reportedly clashed with Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the Blues tunnel
Croatian Kovacic is currently injured, but was at Stamford Bridge to watch the 2-2 draw
‘There’s TV and video to understand what happened. For sure, I am not passive. If I see aggression, I answer with aggression. I repeat; it is not a problem. It was a great game with two rivals.’
He added: ‘You have to show passion every time because the result can be positive or negative but you have to love your job and your work and show your passion.
‘If the fans see this, it’s good. You can take big achievements if you have a big passion in your job.’