Thomas Tuchel reflected on an emotionally charged London derby and acknowledged the Blues didn’t get the result our performance merited.
Chelsea were excellent against Tottenham and deservedly led for the majority of the contest, only to be denied the three points by a last-gasp equaliser. Like the visitors’ first leveller, it arrived in controversial circumstances and Tuchel spoke of his disappointment at the officiating afterwards, as well as commenting on the touchline scraps that earned him and Antonio Conte red cards.
First, though, he made a point of praising his side’s efforts.
‘The players know what input they put into this game, mentally and physically, we were so sharp, fully on it,’ said Tuchel.
‘We played a brilliant match. It was such a step-up for us from the first day in Everton. I’m very disappointed for the players they don’t get the reward they should have.
‘It happens during life as a football coach that you sometimes get caught in the last minute. We will hopefully have it in a season that we will steal some points in the last minute. It cannot happen when we have VAR, goals allowed that are irregular goals. It’s unacceptable.’
Tuchel was asked if he had a problem with the officiating
‘Absolutely. The fans, and the whole dressing room. I cannot understand how the first goal is not offside, and I cannot understand since when players can pull other people’s hair and stay on the pitch. There is no explanation, and I don’t want to accept it. I have no words for it. Both goals should not stand, and then it’s a fair result.’
Tuchel and Conte clashed on a couple of occasions…
‘I compare it to two players who have a bit of a fight on the pitch but nothing happens, nobody gets injured. It’s Premier League football, the two managers got involved today because both were fighting for our teams. That was it.
‘Nobody got insulted, we didn’t have a fistfight. For me it’s not a big deal. It was part of the game today. I enjoyed it, I think he enjoyed it as well! It was nothing bad.’
The boss also gave an update on N’Golo Kante, who hobbled off
‘It seems like a muscle injury, a hamstring. He said he feels it pretty strong, so not good.’