Tuchel, Conte begin Chelsea, Tottenham’s newest installment of the Battle on the Bridge

LONDON — Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur signaled their intent to be London’s finest within the 2022-23 Premier League season, however neither was in a position to choose up a full three factors from Stamford Bridge on Sunday, settling for a 2-2 draw. Targets from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Kane erased Blues’ leads earned by Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James, and managers Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel needed to be separated on multiple event as the primary large London derby of the season unfolded in dramatic style.

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ESPN’s James Olley has the response to the tense 2-2 tie.

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A brand new Battle of the Bridge

Possibly the warmth received to them. Disagreements over refereeing selections and a few exuberant objective celebrations definitely did. However regardless of the root trigger, Tuchel and Conte — who had solely good issues to say about one another beforehand — sparked a rivalry right here that feels each bit as ferocious as a few of the all-time Premier League greats, twice having to be separated, as soon as after Tottenham’s first equaliser (when booked) and once more at full time (once they have been each despatched off).

At occasions it resembled the notorious “Battle of the Bridge” in Could 2016, when Chelsea’s win over their London rivals eradicated Spurs’ hopes of successful the 2015-16 title, though on that event no fewer than 9 Spurs gamers have been booked and this time the main protagonists have been the 2 managers.

Maybe Conte was attempting to guide from the entrance in serving to Spurs shut what he described in January as a “very large” hole between Tottenham and the highest sides, together with Chelsea. They have been nowhere close to their finest however stayed within the sport to grab a degree courtesy of Kane’s 96th-minute header. What threatened to be a chastening afternoon now may very well be a stepping stone to closing that hole. Both approach, the Tuchel-Conte dynamic has modified eternally.

Kante excels… however suffers one other harm blow

It was round 95 levels at kick-off — a near-nationwide warmth wave forcing the introduction of drinks breaks this weekend — but you wouldn’t have recognized it taking a look at N’Golo Kante. After Spurs made a promising begin, the 31-year-old France midfielder helped Chelsea take management of this sport by stifling Spurs, pinning them again in their very own half for prolonged durations. Nevertheless, Kante went off 5 minutes from the top with what seemed like a hamstring harm, the newest setback for a participant blighted by a plethora of issues together with knee and muscular points in addition to contracting COVID-19.

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He stays completely important to Chelsea delivering their finest collective performances in large matches. Moreover, there is perhaps a notable knock-on impact for Conor Gallagher, who has been linked with a transfer away from the membership as Crystal Palace, the place he thrived on mortgage final season, lead an extended record of suitors. Tuchel might be far much less inclined to permit Gallagher to depart if Kante is dominated out for any vital size of time.

Tuchel’s signings ship, however extra are wanted

Marc Cucurella capped a great particular person show with the nook for Koulibaly to open the scoring with a high quality volley, albeit one Spurs gave him the liberty of West London to carry out. Each have been making their house Premier League debuts and so they checked out house in a hostile, high-quality event resembling this.

Tuchel has been given a better affect over transfers below the brand new Todd-Boehly/Clearlake-led possession and his judgment was vindicated in a single sense by the dynamic performances of Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz. The three alternated positions in assault and pressed the ball fantastically — neither would have been potential with Romelu Lukaku nonetheless on the membership. Nevertheless, the necessity for a scientific ahead remained clear: Sterling blazed over when well-placed simply after the hour mark earlier than Havertz missed an excellent probability moments earlier than James put Chelsea 2-1 up.

Tuchel is eager on signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, and it was straightforward to see why right here.

Participant rankings

Chelsea: Edouard Mendy 6, Reece James 8, Kalidou Koulibaly 7, Thiago Silva 7, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6, N’Golo Kante 8, Jorginho 7, Marc Cucurella 7; Mason Mount 7, Kai Havertz 6, Raheem Sterling 7.
Subs: Cesar Azpilicueta 6, Conor Gallagher 6, Christian Pulisic 6, Armando Broja 6.

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 6, Cristian Romero 7, Eric Dier 7, Ben Davies 6; Emerson Royal 6, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 7, Rodrigo Bentancur 6, Ryan Sessegnon 5; Dejan Kulusevski 5, Harry Kane 6, Son Heung-Min 6.
Subs: Richarlison 6, Yves Bissouma 6, Ivan Perisic 6, Lucas Moura 6.

Finest and worst performers

BEST: Reece James, Chelsea

Did a high quality job protecting Son quiet and scored Chelsea’s second objective with the kind of attack-minded wing-back play that makes him so very important to Tuchel’s favoured 3-4-3 system.

WORST: Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham

He has been a revelation since signing from Juventus in January, however he was unable to get into the sport in any respect and struggled to stem Chelsea’s left flank.

Highlights and notable moments

Each second of this sport was a spotlight, however the depth, the instant-classic nature of this quintessentially Chelsea-Spurs match turned most obvious on Tottenham’s first equaliser, when Conte celebrated on the sting of Tuchel’s space in entrance of the Blues’ bench.

9 minutes later, Chelsea had the lead once more, and Tuchel revelled within the second, celebrating by operating up and down the touchline.

The fireworks did not finish simply because the full-time whistle blew. Conte and Tuchel ensured these embers continued to burn, hopefully till the perimeters meet once more on Feb. 25.

After the match: What the gamers and coaches stated

“I think it’s not so important. The most important thing is football. It was intensive.” – Conte on his altercation with Tuchel after the full-time whistle.

“When you shake hands, you look into each others eyes. Antonio had a different opinion.” – Tuchel on what began his altercation with Conte.

Key Stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Info)

Up subsequent

Chelsea: The Blues will subsequent be in motion on Sunday, Aug. 21 at Elland Street, when Tuchel & Co. tackle Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United. Six days later, on Aug. 27, Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge to welcome Leicester Metropolis to London.

Tottenham: Spurs host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 20, earlier than touring to Metropolis floor for a date with Nottingham Forest on Sunday, Aug. 28.