Chelsea and Tottenham both produced plenty of drama during their 2 – 1 match in the Premier League on Sunday but the most impressive performance was from their respective managers.
Why did Conte and Tuchel clash in Chelsea vs. Tottenham draw? Red cards and manager history explained
Although the Blues and Spurs did their best on the field, with Harry Kane equalizing in the final moments but it was the duo of Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte that were in the middle of post-match chats.
Managers were each in the other’s face in the stands for the majority of the game with both teams making it an effort to be cheering with each other when their teams scored.
Tuchel ran along the sidelines as Reece James put Chelsea ahead in the closing minutes, but Conte will get the final smile thanks to Kane’s header in the final moments.
The frustrations were bound to boil following the final whistle when both managers were given red cards in the aftermath of the incident, which will be remembered as part of Premier League folklore.
What caused Conte and Tuchel to get a red card?
Like it is the norm after an event, Conte, and Tuchel were seen shaking hands during the full-time break, but the conversation quickly turned into something completely different.
Both seemed determined to give up the other’s grip, and the other was Conte looking around in a furious way to take on Tuchel.
The two managers fought for a short time and were separated by the coaching staff and players prior to when the referee Anthony Taylor came over to give them red cards.
Although the sending-offs did very little Sunday afternoon, they could ensure that both teams won’t be off the field for the next game.
Tottenham will play Wolves on August 20th, with Chelsea traveling to Leeds for a match on the 21st of August.
What caused Conte and Tuchel to fight?
A thrilling London derby played out on and off the field as Conte and Tuchel obviously determined to win bragging rights.
The two managers initially disagreed following the time Tottenham reached a 1-1 draw with Conte exuberantly cheering Tuchel and he walked in to take on the Spurs boss.
Tuchel was then astonished by Chelsea’s subsequent goal by sprinting across the goal line, which provided Conte another reason to get off after Tottenham was able to equalize in the closing minute.
After the game, Tuchel suggested he wasn’t pleased Conte did not look at him as they shake hands. However, he quickly stressed that there was no animosity between them.
“I was thinking that when you shake hands, you gazed at the eyes of each other, but Tuchel had a different view,” Tuchel told Sky Sports.
“It’s emotional, football. It’s not necessary to get heated. There are emotional coaches on the field and that’s that.
“If we meet, we meet. If not, do not. Don’t be silly, it’s between two rivals, and nothing bad has happened.”
The latter told BBC Sport: “There are no any hard feelings with ConteThe way I feel is that the tackle was a fair hit from him, and an honest tackle from me.
“We did not slander one another and we didn’t attack one another We had to fight for the teams we represented, and from my perspective, there are no grudges.
“I’m amazed to see that both of us got the red card that we were given for the same thing..”
Conte himself appeared at the situation as if he had a laugh and was not enthused by Tuchel’s remarks concerning the handshake given to journalists.
“In my view, it’s better to discuss this game,” Conte told Sky Sports after the match.
“I do not want to make any comments since I don’t think this is the most important issue and If there’s a conflict, that’s my fault, and not everyone else.”
In spite of those remarks, Conte subsequently posted to his Instagram stories the video that showed Tuchel enjoying Chelsea’s goal with an accompanying caption that reads: “Lucky I didn’t see you…making the mistake was well-deserved.” …”
Conte Vs. Tuchel: History and head-to-head record
The two managers never played before prior to 2022. However, they have played each other four times in the span of eight months.
Tuchel has taken control of their games with three wins in their first three matches before a dramatic draw of 2-2.
Prior to the match, Conte’s side had not been able to score even a single goal against Tuchel’s team.
Tottenham’s draw from behind therefore means much to Conte who is trying to beat Tuchel in their next meet.
Spurs are set to play Chelsea in the Premier League on February 25, 2023. However, they may play in cup competitions in the meantime.