Tuchel ‘insulted’ Porto boss Sergio Conceicao after Champions League clash


Porto manager Sergio Conceicao claims to have been insulted by Thomas Tuchel during the Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday, following heated scenes after the full-time whistle.

The Portuguese giants beat Chelsea 1-0 on Tuesday but it was not enough to take them to the next stage of the competition, losing 2-1 on aggregate.

However, players and management from both teams clashed after the game, and while it seemed like a typical bout of handbags, tempers flared.

Especially so on the Porto side, with Conceicao claiming he felt insulted by Chelsea manager Tuchel, although he didn’t really go into detail as to why.

‘I was insulted by this gentleman who was next door (Thomas Tuchel),’ said Conceicao after the game, via the Sun.

‘My English is not perfect, it’s no use talking about it. There was no exchange of words because I was focused on the game, I don’t know why he reacted. I didn’t quite understand.

‘I heard some insults. It was not pretty and my irritation at the end had something to do with it. I didn’t even say the word to him. It wasn’t like that, but it’s over.’

It seemed possible that it was just a misunderstanding, but Conceicao confirmed that the fourth official also heard the offending langauge made by the German. He said: ‘I told the referee that the fourth referee heard the insults.’

Tuchel also commented on the post-match clash, saying: “It was just a little argument with me and the coach and everybody was following me suddenly. I thought it was between me and the coach, but obviously it was not so. But no harm done there.”

The only goal of the clash was a memorable one, with Mehdi Taremi getting a goal through an overhead kick, but it came in the 93rd minute and was too late for Porto.


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