Richarlison insists he would be ‘crazy’ to joke about Antonio Conte’s confrontation with Thomas Tuchel, but admits he liked what he saw.
Tottenham’s entertaining 2-2 draw at Chelsea in August descended into chaos as the two managers clashed on the touchline as they were due to shake hands at the end of the match.
Conte and former Chelsea boss Tuchel were sent off by referee Anthony Taylor and later charged by the Football Association for their role in the incident.
Spurs striker Richarlison insists these types of incidents are ‘good’ for football, but there’s absolutely ‘no chance’ of him joking with his boss about it.
“That was fun, wasn’t it?” laughed the Brazilian in an interview with the magazine Four Four Two.
“At the time, we were still involved in the game, so we watched what happened between them on video in the dressing room.
“It’s quite normal in football – things happen all the time between the players, so it can also happen to the coaches. Everyone calms down and moves on. But it was fun to see this confrontation between the two bosses. Ours is not afraid of confrontations, is it?
“Are you crazy? No chance, come on!” he said when asked if he would laugh it off with Conte.
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“But these things are positive for football. The fans love it. It’s a privilege to experience such important games, like Tottenham against Chelsea, Brazil against Argentina and Everton against Liverpool.
Richarlison is making his mark at his new club, having scored two Champions League goals and established himself as a regular starter under Conte.
The Brazilian has joined Spurs in a £60million move, suggesting former club Everton’s ‘lack of ambition’ played a part in his departure.
“It’s always a tough decision when you have such strong ties with your club. And that was definitely the case for me,” he said.
“I was happy at Everton and I’m grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a great club with a lot of history.
“However, they may be suffering from a lack of ambition these days. You know, that eagerness to win games and trophies.
“I spent four years there and I could see that there was still a very long way to go to achieve great things.
“I felt it was a good time to move on, and the club also needed to make some money. It was good business for everyone involved. I’m delighted with this new challenge at the club. Spurs.
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