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Monday, January 30, 2023

Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Thomas Tuchel & Antonio Conte sent off after late equaliser

Harry Kane’s late equaliser sparked wild celebrations among Tottenham’s players

Harry Kane’s equaliser six minutes into stoppage time earned Tottenham a dramatic draw as a fiery London derby at Stamford Bridge ended in an angry confrontation between Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte that resulted in red cards for both managers.

Tempers were running high throughout as Chelsea twice led before Kane’s glancing header seconds from the end gave Spurs a point.

Chelsea dominated the first half and fully deserved the 19th minute lead they earned when their two summer signings combined, Kalidou Koulibaly flashing home a powerful volley from Marc Cucurella’s corner.

Spurs struggled to make any sort of impression, Kane missing their best opportunity, but drew level after 68 minutes when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s shot beat Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea were furious that referee Anthony Taylor had failed to penalise Rodrigo Bentancur for a challenge on Kai Havertz, the ensuing melee leading to face-to-face fury between the two managers which ended with both Chelsea boss Tuchel and Spurs counterpart Conte receiving yellow cards.

Once order had been restored, Chelsea were back in front as James scored from Raheem Sterling’s pass, the fired up Tuchel celebrating by sprinting past Conte along the touch in elation.

Chelsea thought they had made it six points from two games until Kane headed in Ivan Perisic’s corner – the antipathy not ending there as a handshake between Tuchel and Conte developed into another bust-up between the pair which ended with them both getting their marching orders.

Chelsea’s bitter frustration

Chelsea will feel this was an opportunity lost as they were the better side for long periods only to lose the lead twice, once in contentious circumstances, and then with the pain of it being virtually the last action of the game.

Tuchel, once his very obvious anger subsides, will be satisfied with large parts of Chelsea’s performance, which really ought to have brought a win.

Chelsea pressed with greater efficiency than they did when Romelu Lukaku was leading the line and were a more composed and compact side than Spurs, who struggled to find any rhythm but still had enough to get a point.

Tuchel will question why Anthony Taylor did not award a foul when Bentancur dived in on Havertz, and Chelsea also felt Cucurella was fouled before Perisic’s corner that was turned home by Kane.

The scenes between the two managers were part of the drama and showed how high feelings were running, but both Tuchel and Conte can expect to hear from the authorities.

Chelsea’s summer signings made their contributions as Koulibaly and Cucurella combined for one goal and Sterling set up James but there was no doubt who was the more satisfied manager at the final whistle.

More to follow.

Player of the match

KoulibalyKalidou Koulibaly

Chelsea

  1. Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

  2. Squad number24Player nameJames

  3. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  4. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  6. Squad number19Player nameMount

  7. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  8. Squad number32Player nameCucurella

  9. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  10. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  11. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  12. Squad number17Player nameSterling

  13. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  14. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  15. Squad number18Player nameBroja

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16MendyBooked at 62mins
  • 24JamesBooked at 41mins
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 7KantéSubstituted forGallagherat 85′minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 73′minutes
  • 32Cucurella
  • 29HavertzBooked at 86minsSubstituted forBrojaat 90′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 17SterlingSubstituted forPulisicat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 10Pulisic
  • 14Chalobah
  • 18Broja
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gallagher
  • 28Azpilicueta

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 17Romero
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 12Emerson RoyalSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 82′minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 30BentancurSubstituted forBissoumaat 79′minutes
  • 19R SessegnonSubstituted forRicharlisonat 57′minutes
  • 21Kulusevski
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forPerisicat 79′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 9Richarlison
  • 11Gil
  • 14Perisic
  • 20Forster
  • 25Tanganga
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 38Bissouma

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