Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were the main characters of another fiery Premier League duel between Chelsea and Tottenham, which ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday thanks to an offensive goal from Harry Kane.
The explosive end of this London derby at Stamford Bridge left Kane’s score in the background, as it did in 2016. Then, Tottenham’s determination to win the title was abandoned as an epilogue with a 2–2 draw against Chelsea. Conflict between players and coaches of the club both on and off the field.
Six years later, the trainers turned heads. When Tuchel and Conte waved each other’s hands by whistling, Tuchel did not want to let go of his grip and asked Conte to look him in the eye. They shouted at each other before the people present and players from both the teams started shoving each other.
Tuchel and Conte both received straight red cards.
He already had a brush during the game after Conte celebrated Pierre-mile Hjberg’s first goal in the 68th minute. He went straight to where Tuchel was, facing her to riot. Tuchel pointed to Conte and asked him to stay in his technical area.
Not long after, when Reece James restored Chelsea’s lead in the 77th, Tuchel followed Conte, celebrating with enthusiasm.
“When you shake hands, you should look in the eyes, but Antonio has another way of thinking,” Tuchel commented on the conflict with Conte.
“He was happy when they tied up and things got a little heated, but there was nothing to write home about … I guess it wasn’t necessary, but a lot of things weren’t necessary.”
Despite being asked repeatedly about it, Conte did not want to talk about the feud.
Kane’s goal, which was a header from a corner kick, ended Tottenham’s five-game loss to Chelsea in all competitions and confirmed their title contenders.
Tottenham had some luck with their first goal, which was probably illegitimate as Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentacur fouled Chelsea striker Kai Havertz in the previous game.
Also, Argentine defender Cristian Romero was seen pulling Chelsea defender Mark Cucurella’s hair in an action inside the field shortly before Kane’s goal.
Kalidou Koulibaly put Chelsea ahead in the 19th minute with a volley from a corner kick by Cucurela. It was the Senegalese defender’s first goal since coming from Napoli.
The result left both the teams with four points after two matches. Only Manchester City and Arsenal are with the ideal of six points.
Forest’s first win
Luck turned in favor of Nottingham Forest in their first Premier League home game in 23 years as they beat West Ham 3–0.
A rebound goal in first-half stoppage time by newly acquired Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi made the difference on a festive day at the City Ground and gave Forest their first point since returning to the top division.
Instead, West Ham players waved goodbye saying how they left with empty pockets.
Declan Rice missed a penalty saved in the 65th minute by forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Also, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma hit long-range shots from the crossbar during the second half. Benrahma’s goal was denied at the end of the first half after a VAR interference.
Henderson also tried hard to deny a shot from Tomas Sousek and Neko Williams cleared a header from Kurt Zouma late in the game.
While West Ham have suffered back-to-back defeats at the start of the season, Forest were all smiles in their first Premier League campaign since 1999 – losing 2-0 to Newcastle last weekend.
Forest have completed 12 signings since securing promotion, and two of them were involved in scoring moves.
Jesse Lingard, who left Manchester United, took a weak shot that hit West Ham defender Ben Johnson in the leg. The ball jumped off Avonyi’s leg and went into the net.