Chelsea-Tottenham: Tuchel insists 'no hard feelings' after Conte clash

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he was happy to take a "fair tackle" from Tottenham boss Antonio Conte after both were shown red cards for clashing twice during a heated 2-2 tie on Sunday.

Conte's overexuberant celebrations of Spurs' first equalizer resulted in the two coaches being booked for squaring up.

Tuchel then responded by running down the touchline in celebration when Chelsea retook the lead through Reece James 13 minutes from time.

But Harry Kane's 96th-minute equalizer meant Conte had the last laugh.

Tuchel was not happy at the Italian for not making eye contact during a handshake at fulltime, which sparked another melee between both sets of coaches and players.

"It was hot from the temperature and hot between the benches and hot on the field and hot between the spectators," said Tuchel with temperatures soaring in the English capital.

"There's no hard feelings. I feel like it was a fair tackle from him and a fair tackle from me. We did not insult each other, we did not hit each other, we were fighting for our teams and from my side there's absolutely no hard feelings. I'm surprised that we both got a red card for that."

Tuchel's ire was instead directed towards the officials as both Tottenham's goals could have been disallowed.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's strike was allowed to stand despite a potential foul on Kai Havertz in the build-up and Richarlison standing in an offside position when the Dane's shot was hit.

Before the corner leading to Kane's equalizer, Spurs defender Sergio Romero also escaped a red card for dragging Marc Cucurella to the ground by his hair.

"It was a clear foul on Kai Havertz. OK, the situation goes on and on and on, then it is a clear offside," added Tuchel. "Since when can you pull hair on the football field? It's ridiculous. That's the only frustration. I'm the happiest coach on earth because we played a fantastic match."

Conte batted away several questions about his tete-a-tete with Tuchel, but admitted a gap between the sides remains despite Spurs' improvement.

Chelsea won all four meetings between the sides last season, three of them after Conte took charge in November.

"In my opinion, it is better to talk about the game," said Conte. "Chelsea showed to be a really good team, but compared to last season we did a bit better. The difference is clear. This team won the Champions League two years ago, last year won the Club World Cup, got to the final of the FA Cup and Carabao [League] Cup. There is a difference between Chelsea and Tottenham but we are here to reduce this gap. Last season we lost three times, this time we drew so it's a little step forward."


© Agence France-Presse

5 comments about "Chelsea-Tottenham: Tuchel insists 'no hard feelings' after Conte clash".
  1. R2 Dad, August 14, 2022 at 7:27 p.m.

    Entertaining match, but the English FA should be concerned about the level of officiating. No wonder there are no English VAR officials invited to the Qatar World Cup. Apparently "clear and obvious" means "do not hurt the feelings of the referee".

  2. Peter Bechtold replied, August 15, 2022 at 9:35 a.m.

    Whenever I see an EPL match--often--I conclude that their CURRENT referees are instructed to let the game move on as long as the players are still moving: that is, player on the ground,but still alive? No foul.
    BTW and seriously: This is why I think that slight players like Pulisic and T.Werner should not be playing in Britain. I even fear for the health of the brawny Viking Haaland.

  3. Tom Mara, August 15, 2022 at 2:05 p.m.

    Tuchel waited too long to bring in fresh legs. He was out-coached by Conte.

  4. R2 Dad, August 16, 2022 at 12:28 a.m.

    I am reading more tone-deaf comments from enforcer/talking head Graeme Souness, who apparently approved of the referees not calling fouls because it more manly or some such nonsense. The game has passed by that generation of player--time for him to ease into retirement before his mouth gets him in real trouble. For those who don't know who he is or defend him, get an eye-full of all his "skill" from that dreadful decade:

  5. frank schoon replied, August 16, 2022 at 10:11 a.m.

    R2, This is why we have the Toyota Cup. The Intercontinental Cup, used to be played home and away. But the latin teams were horrible, so bad, that even Ajax that won the first Continental cup, in the following year stated to the Latin team, 'you can have the Cup, we're not sacrificing our players for this onslaught.'  This is why it has been moved to neutral territory, Japan....

Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications