Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel were both sent off after Chelsea and Tottenham drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. A hot afternoon was matched with hot tempers on the touchline, with two separate incidents resulting in two yellow cards for both sets of managers.
The drama continues a reputation for the London derby having feisty moments over the years, with this just the latest chapter of that saga. It didn’t seem as though it would turn that way for the majority of the match though, with the Blues dominating the early periods of the game and taking the lead.
Kalidou Koulibaly scored on his home debut with a stunning volley from a Marc Cucurella corner. Tuchel’s men continued to probe, but were unable to extend their lead and make their chances count throughout.
The second half saw the first controversial moment of the game as Rodrigo Bentancur appeared to foul Kai Havertz to win the ball back in his own half. The officials didn’t stop the game and just 44 seconds later, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike from the edge of the box nestled into the bottom corner.
VAR checked the goal, but didn’t disallow it, with Conte celebrating right in front of his opposition number that appeared to spark the first controversy. Things spilled onto the pitch, with referee Anthony Taylor giving a yellow card to both managers and some coaching staff.