What Tottenham boss Antonio Conte did during Chelsea draw amid Ivan Perisic impact

football.london 49 days ago

Tottenham's London derby clash against Chelsea was a fiery one which saw both managers get sent off and football.london takes a look at what Antonio Conte did during the game

Antonio Conte showed a mixture of emotions during Tottenham's draw against Chelsea.
Antonio Conte showed a mixture of emotions during Tottenham's draw against Chelsea.

Tottenham's trip to Stamford Bridge was their first London derby of the season and the rivalry was very much shown throughout the game. The clash finished 2-2, after Harry Kane scored Spurs' equalising goal.

Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel were both shown red cards, as a result of their altercation, after the final whistle. This wasn't something the Italian was best pleased about, which he explained in his post match press conference.

"But honestly the referee showed me a red card but he didn't understand the dynamic of what happened, but it's ok I have to accept, but I repeat this is not a big problem. It's not important. The problem is between me and the other coach, not for the others," he said.

Conte always shows his passion on the touchline and if anything, the game on Sunday saw this come out even more. So football.london takes a look at what the Tottenham boss did during the fixture.

Drinks break talks

Of course, with the scorching weather, drinks breaks were included in the games last weekend. This was the perfect time for Conte to roundup his players and give them some words of encouragement.

Spurs were 1-0 during the first drinks break and so the Italian used the time to supposedly tell his players what they needed to do. You would think that if anyone else was going to also do the talking, it would be one of his coaching staff.

In fact it was Ivan Perisic who came over to the group, pulling Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon together and most likely speaking to them and giving them some advice. This is not the first time the Croatian has had these conversations as Sessegnon and Djed Spence have already spoken about his impact, since his arrival.

The second drinks break seemed to have a different atmosphere to it. This time, the score was 1-1 and now more than ever, Conte would've wanted to really give his players a push, so that they could hopefully go on and win the game.

The 53-year-old could be seen talking to Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Eric Dier and Richarlison. However these conversations seemed to be more intense and have more passion, than those in the first half, which Conte was probably trying to transfer to his side as they battled for the final quarter of the game.

Frustration shown

The Tottenham boss shows the up and down emotions he goes through during games. This also involves his frustration and anger being shown, when things aren't going his side's way, which was seen on Sunday.

The Lilywhites were dominated in large spells of the game and produced a pretty poor performance, compared to what they showed against Southampton. Conte showed multiple reactions both to oppositions close shots and his side's missed.

When Sessegnon ran into the box and had a shot blocked by Edouard Mendy, the Italian slapped his hand on his legs in frustration. When Raheem Sterling's attempt was close, you could see the anger on Conte's face.

The 53-year-old's head was in his hands when Kane had a great opportunity that he sent wide and when Reece James helped his side take the lead, Conte looked as though he could see what was coming, as he winced in the build-up.

Fight paid off

Before the game, of course Tottenham would've been hoping for three points. However with the performance Spurs produced, a point was more than they deserved and Kane spoke on that, in his post match interview.

The Lilywhites fought until the end to get the point and Conte was asked after the game, if he could see his players have the same passion that he shows. "Yeah, but you have to show every time passion because the result can be positive or negative but I think the passion is very important. In every job that people do," he said.

"You have to love your job, you have to love your work and to show the passion. If the people understand this and the fans see this it's good, it's good. And you can take big achievement if you have big passion in your job."

Conte was encouraging his players from the sidelines, as he always does, which would've only helped them with their battle. Even after Tottenham went 1-0 down, the Italian clapped, seemingly to spur his side on.

When it all paid off and Kane scored the second equalising goal, Conte erupted in celebration, where he seemed to run and jump into the tunnel. The Spurs boss embraced his coaching staff and it proved that even when the best display isn't produced, his side can still work to get something out of the game.