Spurs & Chelsea fans react to Antonio Conte’s comments

Chelsea & Spurs: The Premier League’s biggest rivalry?

Over the past year or so, the two big Manchester clubs have certainly taken the headlines thanks to huge spending and the managerial rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

However, there were only two teams in the Premier League title race at the back end of last season.

And, whilst Spurs have been castigated for “putting the pressure on”, there was only one side that got even close to Chelsea.

The Battle of the Bridge

In many ways, we should have been aware of the Tottenham v Chelsea rivalry, which has for so long been a major one in London and England’s top flight.

However, the Battle of the Bridge, at the back end of 2015/2016 may well have signalled what was to come.

For once, it was Chelsea looking to stop Spurs as opposed to the other way round, where the north London side have been in the shadow of the Blues.

Which two teams are likely to challenge for the title this coming season?

Nowadays it is a strong contender for the biggest and most important rivalry in the Premier League.

After all, which two teams are likely to challenge for the title this coming season?

If the end of 2016/2017 is anything to go by, very few of the other contenders can get close to Spurs and Chelsea.

In this backdrop comes comments from Antonio Conte on Spurs, who follows Jose Mourinho, who earlier this week also spoke about Tottenham.

Antonio Conte on Tottenham

Conte hails Harry Kane, suggests the pressure is off at Tottenham and admits he tried to sign Kyle Walker.

The Chelsea boss said: “If [Spurs] don’t win the title, it’s not a tragedy. If they don’t arrive in the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out in the first round of the Champions League, it’s not a tragedy. If they go out after the first game that they play in the Europa League, it’s not a tragedy.

Conte continued: “Maybe for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and – I don’t know – Liverpool, it is a tragedy. You must understand the status of the team. Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise you continue to stay in your level. It’s simple. My question is this: What are Tottenham’s expectations?”

“A really good squad if they are able to keep all the players”

The Chelsea manager did not stop there: “Tottenham is a really good squad if they are able to keep all the players. For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world. If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m.”

So, was Conte putting Spurs down, or ramping up the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino’s side?

Perhaps Conte was bigging up Spurs as he is secretly worried about one of the Manchester clubs?

Chelsea and Tottenham fans have reacted on Twitter…

Related: Man United boss Jose Mourinho hails Tottenham’s transfer policy.

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