Luciano Spalletti insisted Walter Mazzarri had no reason to be afraid after their bizarre handshake following Torino’s 1-0 Serie A victory over Inter on Sunday.
Spalletti’s intense smile bordered on a grimace as he met Mazzarri with an almost aggressive handshake, captured by television cameras, as his opposite number appeared keen to end the exchange as quickly as possible.
But the Inter boss says his strange behavior was all down to etiquette.
“I went to greet him, he did not seem to want to shake hands,” Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia.
“When he shakes your hand, it’s always with a little timidity, even after he’s won a game.
“I complimented him, he only offered the tip of his hand, so I squeezed it even harder.
“He won, he can be happy. He does not have to be afraid.”