Spurs earn a point at Chelsea thanks to Kane, as Tuchel and Conte both see red in a fiery London derby.
Tottenham Hotspur earned a barely-deserved 2-2 draw against Chelsea in a tense Premier League game that concluded with both managers being issued red cards after the final whistle on Sunday.
In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Kane headed home Ivan Perisic’s corner to preserve a point for the visitors, who have now won only once in their last 38 visits to Stamford Bridge.
It produced tumultuous scenes on the touchline, when Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and Tottenham manager Antonio Conte argued for the second time on a hot afternoon.
“There are no bitter feelings – I feel like it was a fair tackle from both of us,” Tuchel added.
“We didn’t insult or hurt each other; we were fighting for our own teams.”
After Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized for Tottenham in the 68th minute, Reece James appeared to have clinched the points for the powerful hosts with a 77th-minute shot.
Kalidou Koulibaly made his home debut in style, volleying Chelsea ahead from a corner in the 19th minute, as the hosts completely dominated the first period.
Chelsea squandered many chances to extend their advantage, with Raheem Sterling firing one over, and it was easy to understand Tuchel’s annoyance when Hojbjerg equalized.
Tuchel screamed at the referee, claiming Kai Havertz was fouled in the build-up and Richarlison was in an offside position. He also collided with Conte, earning them both yellow cards.
Havertz missed a wonderful opportunity to put Chelsea back in front, but the hosts restored their advantage when the outstanding James blasted past Hugo Lloris from a ball by Raheem Sterling – Tuchel enthusiastically rushing down the touchline in celebration.
KANE NEARS RECORD
Tuchel’s attitude sank as Kane scored his 42nd goal in London derbies, one behind former Arsenal attacker Thierry Henry’s record.
Tuchel and Conte had to be separated by their coaching staff following an aggressive handshake.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, who finished third and fourth, respectively, have four points from two games.
“I thought when we shook hands, we stared in each other’s eyes; he disagreed.” It wasn’t required, but a lot of things weren’t,” Tuchel explained.
“We controlled the game for 90 minutes.” We were sharp, we were eager, it was a terrific performance. I’m sorry for not getting the outcome we deserved for all of my teammates.”
Tottenham came out confident, but they were second best for the whole of the game after allowing Koulibaly free reign in the penalty area to volley wonderfully past Lloris.
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