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CONTE, TUCHEL SENT OFF

Kane snatches Spurs draw at Chelsea

AFP . London
16 Aug 2022 00:00:00 | Update: 16 Aug 2022 12:41:22
Kane snatches Spurs draw at Chelsea
Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte (R) and Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel (L) clash after their match in London on Sunday – AFP Photo

Harry Kane snatched a 96th minute equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw for Tottenham from a feisty London derby against Chelsea on Sunday.

Both managers Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel were sent-off after the full-time whistle for their second physical altercation of the match.

Chelsea looked set to get a new era at Stamford Bridge off to the best possible start as they twice led through Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James.

Tottenham were well off the level required if they are to live up to hopes of challenging for the title, but showed the newfound character instilled by Conte to fight back for a point.

The Italian and Tuchel were both booked in the aftermath of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s first equaliser.

Tempers then flared again during a handshake after Kane nodded in with virtually the last action of the game.

“It is the Premier League and why we love it. It is emotional coaches on the sidelines,” said Tuchel. “I think it (the red card) was not necessary. But a lot of things were not necessary today so it is another poor decision from the referee.”

Tottenham have still only won once at Stamford Bridge in 32 years in the league, but Conte will be delighted to escape with a share of the spoils.

“There is a difference between Chelsea and Tottenham but we are here to reduce this gap,” said the Italian. “Last season we lost three times, this time we drew so it’s a little step forward.”

New Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly was welcomed by a huge banner and saw an early return on the near £170 million investment in the transfer market.

Chelsea outthought, outplayed and outmuscled Spurs for the first 45 minutes. Two of their new signings combined for the opening goal as it was from Marc Cucurella’s corner that Koulibaly found space to volley home.