FC Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao has claimed that he was insulted following Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Chelsea but Blues boss Thomas Tuchel played down the row that occurred during the game.
The Blues progressed to the semifinal stages of the competition irrespective of the 1 nil loss to the Portuguese side on the night. This was so as they won the first leg 2 nil, ensuring that the game ended 2:1 on aggregate and in their favor.
Porto substitute Mehdi Taremi scored the winner late into added time with a brilliant overhead kick.
It was gathered that tempers flared after the final whistle went off at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium as the coaches and some players were involved in what can be described as a brief post-match spat.
When asked about the incident in the post-match press conference, Porto boss Conceicao responded: “I don’t know about the reaction, I couldn’t quite understand what he [Tuchel] said,” he said.
“There were some insults, it happened, it was not nice and that’s why I was irritated and was worried about my players.
“Our defensive performance was wonderful. We limited them as much as we could and we tried to score goals.
“We were superior in both matches but we lacked that bit of efficiency.
“I’m proud of our efforts in the competition overall but obviously not happy, because we have lost.”
Chelsea boss Tuchel didn’t consider the incident to be that big a deal after his side progressed to the next stage of the competition where they await the eventual winners of the Real Madrid versus Liverpool tie.
“It was just a little argument with me and their coach, and everybody was following me suddenly,” said Tuchel.
“I thought it was between me and the coach, but obviously it was not so. But no harm done there.”