​Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that he has no problem with Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte ahead of the London derby between the two sides.


The Italian had previously questioned Tottenham's ambition publicly and that was met with an angry response from the Spurs boss. However, Pochettino has claimed he has no issues with Conte's remarks, after the Italian explained himself when the two met last week.


According to ​FourFourTwo, Pochettino said, "Last week, we had an opportunity to talk a little bit and he was very clear with me. He tried to explain what he wanted to say and sometimes the headlines are not the same as what he wanted to say. He explained to me and it's not a big issue."


"I respect him and Chelsea and it's time to play and show we are better. It's always a challenge 

to play the champions. He did not apologise, he just tried to explain things to me. It is one thing how he relates things to you, it is another how you perceive the message and translate it to the fans."


"Sometimes the difference is important, and he wanted to try to explain what it was that he had wanted to say. It was different to how you had explained it to the fans, and I got his message direct," he added,


The former Southampton manager added that Conte explained the true nature of the comments and there is no bad blood between the two of them.



"I understood it when he explained to me. What he said did not upset me, it is only that he wanted to be sure that I had got the right message, not the wrong message. For me it is not a big issue."


"Every manager has a right to say in the media what they want. For me, it is not my job to judge what they want to say or how they give their opinion. I don't believe he wanted to be disrespectful to Spurs or myself."


"Conversation is good. We are colleagues and I think showing respect is important. In the Premier League we talk about fair play and everything, so it is important to show as the manager, we are being responsible every week in front of the media," he added.


The London giants take each other on at Wembley tomorrow, with Chelsea looking to arrest their slide after a poor start to the season and Tottenham looking to get a win over the defending champions.