Tottenham forward Richarlison admits he’d be ‘insane’ to joke about Antonio Conte’s confrontation with former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel earlier this season.
Tuchel and Conte were both sent off after two physical clashes during Spurs dramatic 2-2 draw with the Blues at Stamford Bridge last month.
At the final whistle, the two squared up following their post-match handshake, and were subsequently sent off by referee Anthony Taylor and were subsequently charged by the Football Association for their parts in the incident.
The Brazilian international believes 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 has made an instant impact since arriving in north London for £60million from Everton earlier this summer.
The 25-year-old has already notched twice in the Champions League and has made his way into Conte’s starting line-up after starting the first few matches on the bench.
‘It’s always a tough call when you have such strong connections with your club. And that was definitely the case for me,’ the forward said.
‘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.’