UNCOVERED: Why Chelsea boss Tuchel lost his rag with Tottenham rival Conte | OneFootball
UNCOVERED: Why Chelsea boss Tuchel lost his rag with Tottenham rival Conte
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel lost his rag with Antonio Conte over the Tottenham manager's constant swearing at the Blues bench during Sunday's explosive draw.
BILD reports the final whistle bust-up was triggered by Conte repeatedly shouting 'f*** off' at Chelsea's dugout during the game, which could have been the underlying reason for the first clash between the two managers following Tottenham's initial equaliser.
Conte and Tuchel had first clashed when the Chelsea manager took exception to referee Anthony Taylor's decision to allow Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's 68th minute equaliser to stand after he believed Kai Havertz had been fouled in the build-up.
The German took issue with the fourth official, but Conte reacted and the two men had to be pulled apart before both receiving yellow cards.
Tuchel sprinted past Conte in celebration when Reece James put Chelsea back ahead, before the biggest bust-up of all was triggered when the managers shook hands at full time.
Tuchel said he was bothered by Conte refusing to look him in the eyes, while Conte was reluctant to speak on the incidents after the game.
The Spurs manager did, however, say on social media later that evening that he would have tripped Tuchel up if he saw him running past him after James' goal.
It is now being reported however that Tuchel was angered by Conte's conduct throughout the game, with consistent swearing aimed at the home dugout suggested.
Conte also reportedly went onto confront Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the tunnel after the game.
Both managers have since been charged with improper conduct, whilst Tuchel is under investigation for criticising the integrity of referee Taylor.
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