Both managers received a second yellow card for clashing as emotions poured out during their post-match handshake, moments after Harry Kane’s controversial 96th-minute equalizer.
Tuchel refused to let go of Conte’s hand after the Italian resolutely avoided eye contact and the pair had to be separated by staff. They had already been booked for clashing on the touchline as Conte celebrated Spurs’ first equalizer by Hojbjerg past Tuchel, with Chelsea believing the 68th-minute goal should have been disallowed for a foul on Kai Havertz by Rodrigo Bentancur and because of an offside by Richarlison. .
Tuchel responded by sprinting down the touchline to celebrate when Reece James restored Chelsea’s lead 10 minutes later and the German was also furious at Kane’s goal, which came after VAR ruled not to penalize Cristian Romero for appearing to pull Marc Cucurella by the hair.
Afterwards, the two coaches laughed at their clash, although Tuchel took aim at Taylor, saying it would be better if he didn’t referee Chelsea games in the future.
“I think in that case the referees could have said ‘Okay, no need for cards’ after the finish. And leave it for a bit,” Hojbjerg said. Sports standard. “It’s hard to comment on decisions but I didn’t think it was necessary for the referees to give red cards after the game.”
Asked about Conte’s energy on the touchline, the Dane added: “It’s his personality and something he brings as a player. That’s important.”
Tuchel and Conte, who have both admitted enjoying their meltdown, now face touch bans, with the Chelsea boss set to be in the stands for next weekend’s trip to Leeds and Conte the visit from Wolves.
Tuchel could face an additional charge from the FA for his post-match comments about Taylor, who has been involved in a number of controversial incidents during Chelsea games.
The FA are investigating and could accuse the German of involving bias and bringing the game into disrepute. In April, Everton boss Frank Lampard was fined £30,000 by the FA for claiming Liverpool would have been awarded a penalty if Mohamed Salah went down like Anthony Gordon in the Toffees Merseyside derby defeat.
This morning, an online petition calling for Taylor not to be given Blues games had attracted over 80,000 signatures.
When asked if he shared the fans’ view, Tuchel replied: “Maybe it would be better. Maybe it would be better, but we also have VAR to help make the right decisions. I can assure you that the whole locker room, every person thinks that [Taylor has made questionable decisions in Chelsea matches].
“I can’t understand the first goal not being offside. And I don’t understand since when players can pull other people’s hair and stay on the pitch and attack in the last corner. This for me is without any explanation and I don’t want to accept it. I have no words for it. I’m curious what the explanation is for this, but both goals shouldn’t be maintained and then it’s a fair outcome We were brilliant and we deserved to win.
Chelsea dominated and led thanks to Kalidou Koulibaly’s superb volley but the result underscored Spurs’ improved depth in the squad as new signings Richarlison, Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic made an impact from the bench , with the Croatian corner headed by Kane.
“If you want to be a top team, you need to have two players who can contribute in every position,” Hojbjerg said. “That’s what I learned when I grew up in [Bayern] Munich in my early years in professional football. They had at least two players in each position. And that keeps everyone on their toes.
“I think we’re on the right track but, without being too pessimistic, it’s hard for me to celebrate a draw. But if you don’t win, they don’t win. That’s something we take with us. and the way we came back, I thought was fantastic, and then giving the fans something to celebrate is kind to the heart.