Richarlison insists he’d be ‘insane’ to joke about Antonio Conte’s confrontation with Thomas Tuchel, but admits he liked what he saw, writes the TalkSPORT.
Tottenham’s entertaining 2-2 draw at Chelsea in August descended into chaos as both managers clashed on the touchline when they were due to shake hands at the end of the match.
Both Conte and former Chelsea boss Tuchel were sent off by referee Anthony Taylor and were subsequently charged by the Football Association for their parts in the incident.
Spurs forward Richarlison insists these types of incidents are ‘positive’ for football but there’s absolutely ‘no chance’ he was going to have banter with his boss about it.
“That was fun, wasn’t it?” the Brazilian laughed in an interview with Four Four Two magazine.
“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?”
“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.”
Richarlison is making a mark at his new club, having scored two Champions League goals and muscled his way into being a regular starter under Conte.
The Brazilian joined Spurs in a £60million move, suggesting that previous club Everton’s ‘lack of ambition’ played a part in him leaving.
“It’s always a tough call when you have such strong connections with your club. And that was definitely the case for me,” he said.
Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has claimed that despite Antonio Conte’s insistence that he was merely rotating his starting eleven, the Italian actually dropped Son Heung-min on Saturday due to form.
Son had not found the back of the net and provided just one assist in the eight matches leading up to the clash against Leicester.
Conte made the decision to bench the South Korean, and start Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski on either side of Harry Kane upfront.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man certainly had a point to prove to the Spurs boss when he came on for Richarlison in the 59th minute, and he did so with style, netting a brilliant hat-trick to help the home side emerge 6-2 winners.
“I was happy at Everton and I’m grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a big club with a lot of history.
“However, perhaps they’re suffering with a lack of ambition nowadays. You know, that eagerness to win matches and trophies.
“I spent four years there and I could see there was still a very long way to go to achieve big things.
“I felt it was the right time to move on, and the club also had to make some money. It was a good deal for everyone involved. I’m delighted with this new challenge at Spurs.”