Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte sent off after Tottenham drew with Chelsea


The pair had teamed up throughout the second half, but the feud reached a boiling point shortly after the final whistle after Harry Kane scored one last gasp for the visitors.

Things looked relatively calm as both managers went for the usual handshake, but the two managers broke loose when it turned out that Tuchel would not let go of Conte’s hand after the Spurs boss failed to look his opponent in the eye.

Staff and players from both sides rushed in to separate the emotional two men in what was a fitting end to a fiery match played in scorching heat.

“It was hot from the temperature and hot between the benches and hot on the pitch and hot between the spectators – everything you want and hope for in a game like this early in the season,” Tuchel told the BBC.

“There are no hard feelings. I feel it was an honest tackle from him [Conte] and an honest tackle from me.

“We didn’t insult each other, we didn’t hit each other, we fought for our teams and there are absolutely no hard feelings from my side. I’m surprised we both got a red card for that.”

The pair had clashed earlier in the game after Conte annoyed Tuchel with his enthusiastic celebrations when Tottenham initially equalized to make it 1-1, with Pierre-Emile Højbjerg canceling Kalidou Koulibaly’s opener.

However, Tuchel was no shrinking violet after Reece James made it 2-1 to Chelsea, with the German walking down the sidelines after admitting the match had “sucked me in”.

‘Luckily I didn’t see you’

However, after the game, Tuchel was more annoyed by Anthony Taylor’s refereeing and felt aggrieved by decisions that led to both Tottenham goals.

The Chelsea boss was annoyed after striker Kai Havertz was seemingly knocked down by Rodrigo Bentancur ahead of Tottenham’s first goal, which was also potentially offside.

Things only got worse after Tottenham defender Cristian Romero seemingly pulled the hair of Marc Cucurella’s fullback on the corner, leading to Kane’s equalizing goal in the 96th minute.

The FA said it would investigate Tuchel’s comments after the game, which criticized Taylor’s performance.

Former Chelsea manager Conte, meanwhile, wouldn’t be inclined to comment on the stormy antics of the sidelines, but he sent an ironic social media post to his counterpart.

“Luckily I didn’t see you. Tripping you would have been well deserved,” he wrote on his Instagram story, alongside a video of Tuchel celebrating his side’s second goal by sprinting down the sidelines.

The handshake between the two managers has been widely shared – and memorized – on social media and all eyes will now be on the return in February next year.

The red card penalty is now determined by an independent regulatory committee.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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