Tottenham star Richarlison exclusive: "Did anyone joke with Antonio Conte over his Thomas Tuchel fall-out? No, come on, are you insane?!"

Antonio Conte of Tottenham Hotspur and Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea had to be pulled apart at the end of their sides 2-2 draw and both received red cards from Referee Anthony Taylor during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on August 14, 2022 in London, England.
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Tottenham forward Richarlison has been speaking to FourFourTwo exclusively about the heated moment on the touchline when Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel squared up to one another.

Spurs were playing Chelsea when the two managers clashed. In the aftermath of the controversial 2-2 draw, Conte and the now-departed Tuchel shook hands, only for the feud to continue with both bosses having to be separated by staff and players. 

But despite how much fans and pundits alike enjoyed the passion and intensity shown from either coach, new signing Richarlison says that the Lilywhites players haven't dared to crack a joke about the incident with the formidable Italian. 

"That was fun, wasn’t it?" the Brazilian laughed, when reminded of the fracas. "At the time we were still involved with the game, so we watched what happened between them on video in the dressing room.

"It’s pretty normal in football – things happen between players all the time, so it can happen to the coaches as well. Everyone calms down and moves on. But it was amusing to see that confrontation between the two bosses. Ours isn’t afraid of confrontations, is he?"

Despite how funny Richarlison found the moment, he's not made a joke of it with his new manager just yet. 


Richarlison has started his Tottenham career well (Image credit: Future)

"Are you insane? No chance, come on!" he said when asked if he'd laugh about it with Conte. "Would you try any jokes? I did not. 

"But these things are positive for football. The supporters love it. It’s a privilege to experience such big games, like Tottenham vs Chelsea, Brazil vs Argentina and Everton vs Liverpool."

The new issue of FourFourTwo, featuring the full interview with Richarlison, is available now.

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