Ben Davies admits Tottenham players weren’t surprised by Antonio Conte’s touchline

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Ottenham’s Ben Davies says he was unsurprised by Antonio Conte’s passion at Stamford Bridge and the team would “walk through a brick wall” for the head coach.

Conte and his Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel have been charged by the Football Association following their heated touchline in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The pair fired two meele and were sent off after the final whistle after reuniting in their post-match handshake, moments after Harry Kane scored a 96th-minute equaliser.

When asked if he was surprised by Conte’s behavior, Davies replied, “We’re used to seeing that passion from him!

“His record speaks for itself. He is a world class manager. But as a person and as a side man, you can’t help but want to walk through a brick wall for him. He is lively, he is very clear in what he expects from his team. He is very passionate. When he talks, you can’t help but sit and listen.

Conte introduced new signings Richarlison, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma from the bench in the second half, helping Spurs equalize twice through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Kane. Chelsea led through Kalidou Koulibaly’s volley and Reece James restored their lead with 13 minutes remaining.

Davies says Spurs had the confidence to come back thanks to the strength of their bench, which has been transformed since last season by six summer signings.

“It’s a tough place to come,” said the Wales defender. “We were probably second best in the first half. We were disappointed to concede a free kick. Another day you can go 0-0 without being the best and you can see it again.

“But it gives you a lot of confidence knowing that the quality we have can come off the bench and be a game changer for us. The boys who came, I thought they did exactly what we wanted them to do, which was to make an impact.


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