Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he was happy to be treated “fairly”; by Tottenham boss Antonio Conte after the two were shown a red card for clashing twice during a 2-2 heat-up on Sunday. Conte’s over-enthusiastic celebration of the Spurs’ first equalizer resulted in two coaches being booked to square up. Tuchel then responded by driving down the touchline in celebration when Chelsea took the lead again Reece James 13 minutes from time.
but Harry KaneThe equalization in the 96th minute meant Conte’s last laugh.
Tuchel was not happy in the Italian for not making eye contact during the handshake the entire time, which led to another scuffle between both sets of coaches and players.
With temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius in the English capital, Tuchel said, “It was hotter than the temperature and hot between the benches and hot on the field and hot among the spectators.”
“There are no hard feelings. I feel like it was an appropriate behavior on his part and an appropriate behavior on my part.
“We didn’t insult each other, we didn’t hit each other, we were fighting for our teams and I don’t have any hard feelings. I’m surprised we both got red cards for it.”
Tuchel’s anger was instead towards the officials as both Tottenham’s goals could be negated.
Spurs defender, just before Kane’s equalizing corner Sergio Romero Mark also escaped a red card for dragging Cucurella to the ground with his hair.
“It was a clear foul on Kai Havertz. Well, the situation goes back and forth, then it’s a clear offside,” Tuchel said.
“Since when can you pull hair on the football field? It’s ridiculous.
“That’s the only disappointment. I’m the happiest coach on earth because we played a great match.”
Conte dismissed several questions about his tete-a-tete with Tuchel, but admitted that a gap between the sides remained despite Spurs improving.
Chelsea won all four meetings between the sides last season, three of which took place after Conte took over in November.
“It’s better to talk about the sport in my opinion,” Conte said. “Chelsea showed a really good team, but we did a little better than last season.
“The difference is clear. This team won the Champions League two years ago, won the Club World Cup last year, reached the finals of the FA Cup and the Carabao (League) Cup.
“There is a gap between Chelsea and Tottenham but we are here to bridge that gap. Last season we lost three times, this time we drew so it’s a small step forward.”
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