Martin Keown praises Pochettino's touchline actions, comments on relationship with Conte

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Martin Keown feels Mauricio Pochettino dealt with Antonio Conte's staff 'very well' during Tottenham's defeat to Chelsea.

Pundit Martin Keown has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he was impressed with how Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino dealt with Antonio Conte's staff against Chelsea.

Tottenham made the short trip to West London on Saturday evening in a bid to finally end their terrible run at Stamford Bridge, having failed to beat Chelsea away from home since 1990.

Christian Eriksen's long-range strike put Tottenham in the driving seat, but Chelsea came back with goals from Pedro and Victor Moses to claim a 2-1 victory, and a seventh straight Premier League win for Conte's men.

Chelsea's Pedro celebrates scoring their first goalChelsea's Pedro celebrates scoring their first goal

The defeat ended Tottenham's unbeaten start to the season, and in a high-stakes games between two London rivals, there were a couple of boiling points at Stamford Bridge – though nothing quite as ugly as the meeting between the two sides earlier this year.

During the game, Spurs boss Pochettino was seen speaking to Chelsea counterpart Conte, with many wondering whether he was asking the Italian to tone down his touchline demeanour; something he has been criticised for already this season.

Tottenham's Victor Wanyama looks dejected after the gameTottenham's Victor Wanyama looks dejected after the game

It actually seems to have stemmed from Conte's backroom staff overreacting to a challenge on Chelsea ace Willian, though Pochettino wouldn't divulge the details of their touchline conversation after the match.

Now, pundit Martin Keown has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he felt the managers having such a conversation was 'very healthy', and believes Pochettino dealt with the situation 'very well' by speaking to Conte about the overreactions.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Keown added that it's great to see Pochettino and Conte forge such a strong relationship, something that has been pointed out over the last few days given that Conte spent time at Tottenham's training ground in 2015 when he was managing Italy.

"I thought it was very healthy," said Keown. "There was an issue with a challenge on Willian, Pochettino felt that Conte's staff were overreacting, and I think that is something that a manager does have a say over: how his staff react to situations. Pochettino went and dealt with that very well, and there is still a good relationship there - it's good to see that healthiness between the managers," he added.

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