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JOHN CROSS: Chelsea vs City was intense on the pitch — and even more fiery along the touchline

Date Posted,April 5, 2017

The action on the touchline was nearly as entertaining as that on the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

Pep Guardiola having a running war with fourth ­official Bobby Madley, ­screaming in the faces of his own bench and punching the air in delight when N’Golo Kante was booked.

His managerial rival, Antonio Conte , was racing up and down the edge of the pitch, egging on the crowd and celebrating as if it was Chelsea ’s biggest win of the season.

It was a night of high stakes, with Guardiola versus Conte as the sideshow to an incredibly intense, engaging and brilliant battle for supremacy between the champions-elect and visitors Manchester City .

Perhaps then, it was no ­wonder tempers boiled over — especially with both benches joining in the turf war.

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