There was always a strong hatred between Chelsea and Tottenham but that rivalry intensified last season.
The two sides clashed at the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ in May in a match that saw Chelsea end Spurs’ title hopes by coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
Not only did that game see Leicester clinch the title, but there were numerous clashes between players during the 90 minutes.
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And it looked like Spurs wanted revenge when they returned there on Saturday evening. A Christian Eriksen strike gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a deserved first-half lead.
However, a goal just before the break changed the match.
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Pedro curled the ball beautifully past Hugo Lloris and made Antonio Conte’s team-talk a lot easier.
The Italian appeared to work his magic in the interval as his Chelsea side dominated after the break and eventually made it 2-1 through Victor Moses.
Conte, as we’ve come to expect, was animated on the touchline throughout the 90 minutes. Towards the end, Pochettino was seen having a deep discussion with the former Juventus boss - presumably telling him off for his antics.
Of course, it's not the first time Conte has been seen in a confrontation with a manager after Jose Mourinho told him off for the way he acted during Chelsea's 4-0 victory over Manchester United.
However, in his post-match press conference, Conte has revealed what his opposite number actually said to him and it seems he wasn't angry with him in particular.
“During the game we spoke in one moment and he explained to me he was in disagreement with one of my assistants, but nothing important,’ said Conte.
Conte appeared to immediately tell his bench to calm down and Pochettino said: “It was nothing important just a friendly chat and we have a good relationship. It was a chat about some action but I forget that.”
The result means that the north London club haven’t won in 30 visits to Stamford Bridge and that loss means they are now seven points behind their London rivals.
However, unlike last May, the match was played in a fantastic spirit with football being the talking point - rather than the ‘battle’.
“I think that this game was right in the behaviours of the players; fantastic,” Conte said.
“Our fans, also the Tottenham fans. There was a fantastic atmosphere today. I know this type of football in England. I love this.”
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