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Chelsea wasted their best football and drew 2-2 against Tottenham, in a volcanic derby Harry Kane equalized at minute 96 and that ended with the technicians Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte one step away from coming to blows after the conclusion of the duel.
Definitely, Tottenham was the moral winner. Always behind on the scoreboard, in the wake of Chelsea’s good proposal, he turned his ordeal into a survival that seemed impossible. Throughout the 90 minutes everything happened. And with almost more prominence on the bench than on the pitch, with Tuchel and Conte hyperactive.
To get started, Chelsea did what they had toHe changed his image. He left behind the bitter version of his debut against Everton, from which he emerged victorious with a narrow victory with a penalty from Jorginho. I had to change. She could not play with fire again and less before one of the ‘Big Six’ clubs. Tottenham, who swept Southampton (4-1) on the first day, he was not just anyone.
While Conte opted for the same XI (what works is not touched), Tuchel changed sides. Sacrificed Azpilicuetamoved James to the center of defense, he sent Chilwell to the bench and Loftus-Cheek and Cucurella entered.
Madness at Stamford Bridge
Both Cucurella and Loftus-Cheek brought more accuracy and speed. And up, without Werner (sold to Leipzig) and without Lukaku (at Inter)although Chelsea do not have a pure nine, they made up for that lack with the Sterling and Havertz movements.
In addition, Kanté, imperial, completed a brilliant formation that left Tottenham without arguments in the first half. Except for the first 5 minutes, in which some inaccuracy of Jorginho generated a couple of scares, and a heads up from Sessegnonwho was annulled for offside, did nothing else.
And is that Chelsea was a steamroller. His electric, vertiginous, vertical, harassing and effective football began to generate chances that they finished with the prize that Koulibaly billedafter a shot by Havertz that Lloris saved with a miraculous clearance for a corner.
Cucurella took it out. A perfect center. Just to the boot of the central that in a second made the march of Rudiger to Real Madrid will be forgotten. With a volley, he burst Lloris’ goal. Chelsea sealed their dominance with a real goal.
Tottenham knocked out I had 45 minutes to react. After going through the changing rooms, he was able to do it the first time with a chance from Son, but Mendy appeared to stop the Cont team’s attemptand. Then it was Kane who inexplicably missed a one-on-one with the Senegalese goalkeeper.
Along the way, Chelsea left their utter and total dominance behind. Richarlison’s entry balanced the duelalthough Sterling was able to sentence with a shot that went over the crossbar. Forgave and Hojbjerg appeared to level the score with a shot from outside the area after Jorginho’s mistake in a delivery.
Then, Conte and Tuchel faced each other. As in the best times of Mourinho and Wenger. The German claimed a previous foul by Bentancur on Havertz, who referee Anthony Taylor did not concede. The German coach could not stand the goal and responded to the Conte’s face-to-face celebration yelling in his face.
The fray ended with a card for each and, on the grass, the fight did not end. Chelsea, with 15 minutes to go, once again stretched for victory. James, relocated to the right wing by the entrance of Azpilicueta, claimed the leading role from him.
First, with a magnificent center that Havertz did not take advantage of. And, in the end, with Chelsea’s second goal, which Stamford Bridge celebrated with an explosion of happiness accompanied by a Tuchel race that Usain Bolt would have signed.
Nevertheless, Kane’s head appeared at minute 96 to make the tie that caused another confrontation of the two coaches after the final whistle. By the hair, Conte and Tuchel did not come to blows. “Look me in the eye,” the German coach was heard saying. That was the grand epilogue to an epic derby that will be remembered for a long time. In a few months, Tottenham and Chelsea will face each other again. Also Tuchel and Conte.
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