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Conte, Guardiola Speak On Tunnel Fight Between Chelsea, Manchester City Coaches

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and his Manchester City counterpart, Pep Guardiola, have played down the tunnel bust-up following the Blues’ 2-1 win over City on Wednesday night.

Reports claim Chelsea fitness coach, Paolo Bertelli, sparked the incident by mocking the City staff in Italian.

City masseur Mark Sertori, who is half Italian, reacted and confronted Bertelli and it is believed Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta were also involved.

Guardiola also joined in, with the Spaniard seen shouting angrily in a heated exchange.

Speaking at his Friday press conference, Guardiola insisted it was “nothing”.

“Yeah the tunnel in Chelsea is so tight. It’s so tight,” he said.

“Come on, nothing. We congratulate Chelsea for the victory. We are so polite in our defeats, and especially we are so polite when we win, especially that,” he added, perhaps pointedly.

Conte was not involved in the incident, but insisted that “both teams must accept the result and show respect”.

“The respect is always important,” he said. “I think this is the most important thing in football.

“I think there is a winner and there is a loser, and both must accept the final result and show respect.

“Honestly I didn’t see anything because I was in the changing-room to stay with my players.

“I didn’t see. But it’s not important, what happened in the tunnel. What is most important is what happened on the pitch. I think a lot of people enjoyed this game, Chelsea against City, and that is the most important thing for us.

“I think a lot of people enjoyed this game, Chelsea against City, this is the most important thing for us.”

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