Thomas Tuchel, Antonio Conte ‘enjoy’ manager fireworks in Chelsea draw with Spurs

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte admitted they enjoyed their defeat on the touchline after both managers were sent off at the end of a tumultuous 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

The pair had to be separated twice by staff and players after Spurs’ two equalizers, the first by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg denying Kalidou Koulibaly’s opener in the 19th minute. The second when Harry Kane equalized for the visitors in the sixth minute of added time after Reece James appeared to have given the home side a valuable victory with a low shot 13 minutes earlier.

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Conte celebrated Hojbjerg’s goal towards Tottenham’s traveling support, but also towards Chelsea’s dugout, and the managers faced each other when Tuchel angrily questioned fourth official Peter Bankes about why a tackle from Rodrigo Bentancur against Kai Havertz in the build up wasn’t considered given foul.

That sparked the first of two hand-to-hand fights, the second coming deep into stoppage time. Spurs defender Cristian Romero appeared to pull Marc Cucurella back by the hair as they fought a corner.

VAR official Mike Dean decided against sanctioning Romero and as play resumed, Kane flicked a look at substitute Ivan Perisic’s corner into the net to spark another uproar as Tuchel and Conte shook hands.

Tuchel seemed furious that Conte refused to look him in the eye during their handshake, prompting another spat that ended with referee Anthony Taylor showing each manager the red card.

When asked if he enjoyed the intensity of the rivalry, Tuchel said: “Yes, and I think he enjoyed it too. It wasn’t a bad thing. I don’t have a bad feeling and I’m sure he won’t have it. We fought.” our teams and it happens It’s so close here and it was such an intense game… both dugouts are very close so it got a little hot from both of us.

“I was just comparing it to two players fighting a bit on the field and nothing happening. No one gets hurt and the players if you have a tough tackle or a fair tackle if you don’t apologize there is no need .

“We both fought for our teams. That was it, nobody was offended, nobody got hurt, we didn’t have a fistfight or anything.”

Conte said in response: “I think what happened was fun for us [it]but next time we will pay more attention and not shake hands and we will solve the problem.

“He stays on my bench, I stay on my bench with my baton on one side and no problem with that. It would be a shame if we miss the next game in this situation.”

Both managers will be suspended for their next Premier League game. Tottenham host Wolves on Saturday lunchtime before Chelsea travel to Leeds United on Sunday.

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Emma Bowman

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