Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has hailed Antonio Conte’s passionate touchline antics during Monday night’s FA Cup victory over Manchester United.
N’Golo Kante’s second-half strike helped the Blues edge past their rivals and set up a semi-final clash with Tottenham.
But the west Londoners’ victory was far from straightforward and tempers flared when Ander Herrera was dismissed early on for a series of fouls on Eden Hazard.
Conte also clashed with United boss Jose Mourinho before fourth official Mike Jones intervened and Alonso has hailed the Italian’s desire to help his players as much as possible.
“Not just today – I think he really lives the game and you can see he’s played it. He would love to be on the pitch,” Alonso told Talksport.
“It was a very important game. All the big teams had already qualified for Wembley and we showed on the pitch how much we wanted to be there [at Wembley].
Conte’s all-action displays on the side of the pitch appear to have a positive effect on his players, while the west London crowd have also taken to the 47-year-old’s theatrics.
“The way we are defending all together, not conceding and the way we put pressure on our rivals is a great job from everyone.”
Meanwhile, United were aggrieved Herrera was given his marching orders but Alonso believes it is important to ensure flair players such as Hazard are protected by the referee.
“I think it was because of too many fouls. After 15 minutes Eden fell like 10 times and it’s good to protect the best players,” Alonso added.