Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were both sent off as tempers flared after Harry Kane’s late equalizer earned Tottenham the most unlikely point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Conte and Tuchel were previously booked for a one-on-one altercation following Spurs’ first equalizer, scored by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (68), but came to blows after Kane got up unmarked to head in below Spurs level. for the second time in the 96th minute.
The managers had to be separated before they were given red cards as this notoriously fiery derby on a scorching day in the capital played out to the most gripping of endings.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s (19) hard-hitting volley had given Chelsea a deserved lead after a dominant first-half display but Spurs held on and equalized when Hojbjerg’s drilled shot punished Jorginho’s error in the repair area.
Conte’s exuberant celebration outside his technical area angered Tuchel and the Chelsea boss reacted as Reece James (77) restored the hosts’ lead past the desperate Italian and down the touchline to celebrate with Chelsea fans.
Tuchel seemed to have had the last laugh but, seconds away from back-to-back Premier League victories, Kane’s dramatic stoppage-time equalizer lit the fuse for the final showdown between the coaches.
Chelsea: Mendy (7), James (8), Silva (7), Koulibaly (8), Cucurella (7), Kante (7), Jorginho (6), Loftus-Cheek (7), Mount (7), Havertz (7) ), sterling (7).
Subtitles: Azpilicueta (5), Pulisic (n/a), Broja (n/a), Gallagher (n/a).
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Royal (5), Romero (6), Dier (6), Davies (5), Bentancur (5), Hojbjerg (7), Sessegnon (5), Kulusevski (4), Son (4), Kane (7).
Subtitles: Perisic (6), Richarlison (7), Moura (n/a), Bissouma (n/a).
Man of the match: Reece James
How Spurs snatched an unlikely point from Chelsea
Just three points separated third-placed Chelsea and fourth-placed Tottenham last season, but after a decisive summer recruitment campaign and a resounding Matchday One win over Southampton, Spurs cruised through the capital confident of closing the gap and to get only their second Premier League. victory at Stamford Bridge.
There were early glimpses of the attacking threat possessed by the visitors but, in the sweltering west London heat, Spurs withered as Tuchel’s tactical masterclass allowed Chelsea to take hold, with the majestic Jorginho and N’Golo Kante anchoring a fluid and threatening 3-4. -3 formation that Spurs simply could not master.
Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ outstretched leg prevented Kai Havertz from giving Chelsea a deserved 19th-minute lead, but the deadlock was broken seconds later when Koulibaly was granted freedom from the penalty area and emphatically stole the corner from Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea’s dominance continued until the interval but a second goal eluded them, Koulibaly and Mason Mount firing in quick succession.
- Marc Cucurella made his Premier League debut and Ruben Loftus-Cheek started as Chelsea made two changes since winning Matchday 1 at Everton.
- On his return to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte named an unchanged Tottenham side after their opening day thrashing of Southampton.
It would have been impossible for Spurs not to improve on their scrappy first-half performance after the break, but progress was laborious, with Kane feeding Heung-Min Son behind minutes after the restart only for Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy smothers the South. Scuffed shot from Korean.
Chelsea should have had their second shortly after, but Raheem Sterling blazed over the bar after Ruben Loftus-Cheek forced his way into the Spurs area. Seconds later, Kane squandered a glorious opportunity to equalize, scuffing wide after avoiding the offside trap.
Tempers flared as Spurs equalized through Hojbjerg, who headed home after Jorginho unnecessarily wavered on the ball in his area, with Conte’s exuberant celebration sparking a one-on-one clash between him and Tuchel .
Havertz flew away from James’ perfect cross when he should have restored Chelsea’s lead, but the hosts’ pressure was finally revealed when Sterling transferred the ball over James to shoot for the first time into the Tottenham net .
Chelsea were then denied victory as Kane, after Christian Romero dodged censorship despite Cucurella’s hair, looked home in the dying seconds before Tuchel and Conte, who refused to let go after shaking hands while walking in opposite directions, were dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor in the final act of a thrilling derby.
Tuchel: It got heated, but red card still a bad decision
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel: “When you shake hands I thought we were looking each other in the eye, but we had a different opinion, so it was emotional. He was happy when they equalized, and it got a little heated but nothing severe.
“We both received a red card? It was not necessary. But a lot of things were not necessary. Another bad decision from the referee today.
“It’s emotional. You like it. We don’t need comment now. It was heated and heated. Watch it. It’s the Premier League, it’s the game. You like it, no We love him. We are emotional coaches.”
Conte: No comment on Tuchel’s altercation
Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte: “My opinion is that it is better to talk about the game. It was a difficult game for both teams and we try in every game to be competitive.
“Chelsea have shown that they are a very good team. Compared to last season we have done better, but if we want to create problems for Chelsea [in the table] we have to be better.
“I don’t want to comment [Tuchel] situation, it is not the most important. If there’s a problem, it’s between me and him. It’s normal to come here and suffer but at the same time we created chances to stay in the game.”
Rare Spurs moment to savor – Opta stats
- Despite conceding in injury time, Chelsea remain unbeaten in their last eight Premier League meetings with Tottenham, taking 20 points out of a possible 24 in this game (W6 D2).
- Tottenham have won just one of their last 38 away matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D13 L24), a 3-1 victory in April 2018 in the Premier League.
- Chelsea have conceded more goals at home than any other Premier League side since early April (14 in seven matches). The Blues have conceded in the 90th minute in three of their last six Premier League home games, as many as in their previous 75 league appearances at Stamford Bridge combined.
Chelsea vs Tottenham FPL Stats
|Goals||Koulibaly, Hojbjerg, James, Kane|
|Aids||Cucurella, Sterling, Davies, Perisic|
|Bonus points||Hojbjerg (3 points), Kane (2 points), James (1 point)|
Tottenham host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday at 12.30pm, before Chelsea travel to Leeds United on great sunday at 2 p.m. – live Sky Sports Premier League.