Arsenal deny ‘insult’ as Porto boss accuses Arteta of remarks

Arsenal edged Porto in a penalty shootout Tuesday night to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. It was the English side’s first triumph in the round of 16 of the competition since 2010. The Gunners will now continue their quest for a European trophy alongside a tight Premier League race.

Following the final save by David Raya on the night, the managers of the two teams met near the center of the pitch. Cameras showed both Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao in a fairly heated exchange. Arteta seemed to be a bit confused with Conceicao’s words as the Portuguese coach wagged his finger in the Spaniard’s face.

Conceicao was, of course, asked about the discussion after the match. The coach claimed that Arteta insulted his family earlier in the tense matchup. “During the game, [Arteta] turned to the bench and in Spanish – it must be a Spanish coach thing because it was the same thing with [Pep] Guardiola – he insulted my family,” stated Conceicao

“In the end, I told him to pay attention because who he insulted is no longer with us, and to worry about coaching his team, because due to individual quality, he has an obligation to do more and better.”

Arteta opted to not comment on the allegations in his postgame interview. However, the north London club quickly denied that their manager made such a statement to his opponent.

Porto remarks about Arteta are similar to comments regarding Guardiola, Tuchel

As Conceicao mentioned, this is hardly the first time he has made such allegations. Porto previously played Manchester City in the group stage of the 2020/21 Champions League season. After facing Guardiola’s club, the Porto manager claimed that the opposing manager made harsh comments about Portugal.

“I’ve got a lot to learn from Pep Guardiola, in the way he pressures referees, talks to opposition players and the opposition dugout,” said Conceicao. “He’s a fantastic example….


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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2024-03-13 14:56:30

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