Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte in focus as rivals see red in fiery London derby


In the fiery 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham, there were two brawls between Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte.

The first flash with managers came in the 68th minute after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized for Spurs, with Conte chest to chest with his opposite number, who was protesting with fourth official Peter Bankes over a controversial Rodrigo Bentancur tackle went.

A second incident occurred after referee Anthony Taylor blew a handshake between Conte and Tuchel for full-time, setting off another fireworks display that saw both receive a red card.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at how the two passionate coaches fared at Stamford Bridge.


Marc Cucurella (left) received a full debut from Chelsea (John Walton/PA)

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Tuchel: The German made a full debut for summer signing Marc Cucurella, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek got the nod at the opposite side, while captain Cesar Azpilicueta made the man who made way and Ben Chilwell on the bench. Cucurella responded with an assist for the first set and makeshift full-back Loftus-Cheek dominated his bout with Ryan Sessegnon.

Contents: Spurs boss Conte opted to pick the same XI that comprehensively beat Southampton in the opening weekend, with four of his signings again being named among the substitutes. It proved to be a poor decision as the visitors were second best for most of the first half and the Italian was forced into a substitution in the 57th minute.


Reece James (left) appeared to be playing a different role (John Walton/PA)

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Tuchel: While Tuchel was out with his favored threes in defensive and wing-back formations, Reece James appeared to be deployed on purpose near Son Heung-min in a near-man-covering role, nullifying the South Korean threat. Loftus-Cheek’s physicality gave him the advantage as Raheem Sterling once again led the line in a fluid front three alongside Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, who alternated regularly to create numerous problems for Spurs. If all three had their shooting boots on, the end result would have been different.

Contents: The ex-Chelsea manager stuck to his tried and true 3-4-3 formation but saw Harry Kane isolated for most of the first half while Son was more involved on the defensive. He made a change early after the break when Richarlison’s introduction saw Tottenham switch to a four-man attack and a flat back four. Shortly after Hojbjerg’s equaliser, however, Spurs were caught in their ultra-attacking formation as Sterling and James scored a costly overload down the right flank as Chelsea regained the lead with 13 minutes remaining. Tottenham’s cavalier approach paid off in the end, however, with Kane’s dramatic late equalizer.


Tuchel: It wasn’t until the 73rd minute that Chelsea made their first substitution, Azpilicueta coming on for Jorginho and Loftus-Cheek moving into the centre. This allowed James to go wide into his familiar full-back position where he scored the goal that looked like the winner. Conor Gallagher and Christian Pulisic also upped the ante in the last exchange of blows. Armando Broja also replaced Havertz, whose size may have been lacking in this final corner of an eventful London derby.

Contents: Richarlison came on after 57 minutes and Tottenham went more ultra-attacking in a 4-2-4 formation, which paid off when they equalized 11 minutes later through Hojbjerg’s small effort, which came after Spurs lost possession to Chelsea’s own Box had recovered. Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic were also sent along with Lucas Moura to further wreak havoc in the blues arena. It would eventually pay off as Kane was able to flick Perisic’s late corner home to salvage a point.

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Referee Anthony Taylor sent off both managers after full-time (John Walton/PA)

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It was an honor even on the pitch but history was amiss as both managers fought fire with fire. Tuchel appeared to have the last laugh at Conte after his decision to move James to a full-back position meant a second for the hosts, but the Spurs boss was able to celebrate wildly again in added time at his old club. Perisic made an illuminating contribution and the newfound belief in Tottenham came out with Kane’s header equaliser. With both managers sent off after full-time by referee Anthony Taylor, all eyes will be on the Football Association and what sort of punishment they could inflict on the duo. Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte in focus as rivals see red in fiery London derby

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