Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were both sent off as tempers flared after Harry Kane’s last-gasp equaliser earned Tottenham the unlikeliest of points in a pulsating 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Conte and Tuchel had already been booked for a face-to-face altercation in the aftermath of Spurs’ first equaliser, scored by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (68), but came to blows after Kane had risen unmarked to head below-par Spurs level for the second time in the 96th-minute.
The managers had to be separated before being shown red cards as this notoriously fiery derby on a scorching hot day in the capital spilled over in the most captivating of endings.
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham in the Premier League.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s thumping volley (19) had given Chelsea a deserved lead after a dominant first-half display, but Spurs somehow stayed in contention and equalised when Hojbjerg’s drilled shot punished Jorginho’s error in the penalty area.
Conte’s exuberant celebration outside of his technical area angered Tuchel and the Chelsea boss responded when Reece James (77) restored the hosts’ lead, streaking past the forlorn Italian and down the touchline in to celebrate with the Chelsea fans.
Tuchel looked to have had the last laugh but, with Chelsea seconds away from successive Premier League victories, Kane’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser lit the fuse for the final confrontation 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).
Subs: 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).
Subs: Perisic (6), Richarlison (7), Moura (n/a), Bissouma (n/a).
Man of the Match: Reece James
How Spurs snatched unlikely Chelsea point
Just three points separated third-placed Chelsea and fourth-placed Tottenham last season but after a decisive summer recruitment drive and resounding opening-day win over Southampton, Spurs travelled across the capital confident of bridging the gap and securing only their second-ever 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 which Spurs simply could not get to grips with.
Chelsea new boy Koulibaly scores a spectacular volley to put his side 1-0 up on Tottenham.
The outstretched leg of Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris prevented Kai Havertz from firing Chelsea into a deserved lead on 19 minutes, but the deadlock was broken seconds later when Koulibaly was afforded the freedom of the penalty area and emphatically volleyed Marc Cucurella’s corner home.
Chelsea’s dominance continued through to the interval but a second goal eluded them, with Koulibaly and Mason Mount firing over in quick succession.
Marc Cucurella made his full Premier League debut and Ruben Loftus-Cheek started as Chelsea made two changes from their opening-day victory at Everton.
On his return to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte named an unchanged Tottenham team following their opening-day thrashing of Southampton.
It would have been impossible for Spurs not to improve on their disjointed first-half performance after the break, but progress was laborious, with Kane feeding Heung-Min Son in behind within minutes of the restart only for Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to smother the South Korean’s scuffed shot.
Chelsea should have had their second soon after but Raheem Sterling blazed over the bar after Ruben Loftus-Cheek waltzed his way into the Spurs area. Seconds later, Kane passed up a glorious opportunity to equalise, scuffing wide after evading the offside trap.
Hojbjerg’s leveller for Tottenham sparks a touchline row between Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte.
Tempers flared when Spurs equalised through Hojbjerg, who rifled home after Jorginho needlessly dithered on the ball in his area, with Conte’s exuberant celebration sparking a head-to-head clash between him and Tuchel.
Havertz volleyed wide from James’ inch-perfect cross when he should have restored Chelsea’s lead, but the hosts’ pressure finally told when Sterling shifted the ball onto James to fire first-time into the Tottenham net.
Reece James fires Chelsea back in front against Tottenham, sparking wild celebrations inside Stamford Bridge – and from Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea were then denied victory as Kane, after Christian Romero had avoided censure despite pulling Cucurella’s hair, glanced home in the dying seconds before Tuchel and Conte, who refused to let go of each other after shaking hands while walking in opposite directions, were dismissed by referee Anthony Taylor in the final act of a captivating derby.
Harry Kane flicks in 96th-minute equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw for Tottenham at Chelsea.
Tuchel: It got heated, but red card another poor decision
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel: “When you shake hands I thought we look into each other’s eyes but we had a different opinion so it was emotional. He was happy when they equalised, and it got a bit heated but nothing big.
“We both got a red card? It was not necessary. But a lot of things were not necessary. Another poor decision from the referee today.
“It’s emotional. You like it. We don’t need comments now. It was heated up and heated up. Just look at it. It’s the Premier League, it’s the game. You love it, no? We love it. We are emotional coaches.”
Thomas Tuchel played down the touchline feud with Antonio Conte after the pair were involved in a heated confrontation after the final whistle of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham resulting in both managers being shown straight red cards.
Conte: No comment on Tuchel altercation
Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte: “My opinion is it’s better to talk about the game. It was a difficult game for both teams and we try in every game to be competitive.
“Chelsea showed they are a really good team. Compared to last season we did better, but if we want to create problems for Chelsea [in the table] we have to be better.
“I don’t want to comment on the [Tuchel] situation, this is not the most important thing. If there’s a problem, it’s between me and him. It’s normal to come here and to suffer but at the same time we created chances to stay in the game.”
Rare Spurs moment to savour – Opta stats
Despite conceding in injury time, Chelsea remain unbeaten across their last eight Premier League encounters with Tottenham, taking 20 points from a possible 24 in this fixture (W6 D2).Tottenham have won just one of their last 38 away matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D13 L24), a 3-1 win in April 2018 in the Premier League.Chelsea have conceded more goals at home than any other team in the Premier League since the start of April (14 in seven matches). The Blues have conceded in the 90th minute in three of their last six home Premier League matches, as many as in their previous 75 league games at Stamford Bridge combined.
Chelsea vs Tottenham FPL stats
Koulibaly, Hojbjerg, James, Kane
Cucurella, Sterling, Davies, Perisic
Hojbjerg (3pts), Kane (2pts), James(1pt)
Tottenham host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday at 12.30pm, before Chelsea travel to Leeds United on Super Sunday at 2pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League.