Spurs ‘lucky’ against Chelsea but Souness points out Blues issue, and warns managers

Graeme Souness reckons Tottenham got lucky against a ‘fabulous’ Chelsea as they drew 2-2 draw, insisting the Blues need a goalscorer.

A typically action-packed London derby didn’t disappoint in its first edition of the new season as Stamford Bridge saw four goals and a manager bust-up.


Tuchel felt his team were very hard done by

Souness agreed with the Blues boss

Souness agreed with the Blues boss

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg cancelled out Kalidou Koulibaly’s stunning opener for Chelsea, before Harry Kane did the same in stoppage time after Reece James had restored the lead.

Both of Spurs goals were contentious, drawing an irate reaction from Thomas Tuchel, who squared up to his opposite number Antonio Conte during, and after, the match.

talkSPORT host Souness felt Chelsea deserved the three points, which they failed to pick up due to their lack of a goalscorer.

“Chelsea were fabulous,” he said on Breakfast. “They’re just lacking the goalscorer. 

“They had lots of intricate passing movements, got to the edge of the opposition’s box time and time again, but they still only ended up with three shots on goal.

“They still need, whether it’s a fox in the box or a rampaging centre-forward like Liverpool and City have got this year, and what they thought they had in [Romelu] Lukaku, they need a goalscorer.

Chelsea played some sumptuous football on the day


Chelsea played some sumptuous football on the day

“Raheem Sterling gets 15 goals a year, you put Jorginho on the list of scorers only because it’s penalties, he barely crosses the halfway line, he ain’t going to get you goals in normal play.

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“If I was Chelsea I’d still be looking for someone to get the goals. For Spurs, I think there is an improvement, he’s got good players in, but for the largest part yesterday they played second fiddle and got lucky.”

Both managers were sent off at full-time as a handshake got out of hand when Tuchel appeared to hold onto Conte, later saying he was annoyed that the Italian didn’t look him in the eye.

The pair had to be separated by staff members as things got out of hand and the moment instantly went viral.

Everything kicked off at full-time


Everything kicked off at full-time

Souness, a former manager of Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle said he could understand why things boiled over, but doesn’t want it to become a regular occurrence.

“We have to be careful, it’s not something you’d want to see every week,” he said. 

“I understand why it happens, I’ve been there on the touchline, the dugouts are particularly close there, you can hear what the opposition is shouting onto their players and sometimes that might involve your own players so you get upset by that.

“They’re two excitable personalities, supporters like to see it, they like to think their man is having a right go on their behalf. You can’t condone it, but I understand it.

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It all seemed to be triggered by Tuchel holding Conte’s hand a little too long at full time


It all seemed to be triggered by Tuchel holding Conte’s hand a little too long at full time

“You prepare all week a plan for the Saturday, you get out there and you’re hoping it all goes to plan and generally it doesn’t. You get excited, you get caught in the moment and I have been there, it’s understandable, it’s happened and it will continue to happen.

“The referees are allowing a bit more to go, you will feel aggrieved as Tuchel did yesterday, and because of the more lenient referee, which we must have, that will lead to more excitement on the benches.”

Fellow host Simon Jordan added: “I think Conte’s got balls. 

“I don’t think he cares where he is, I don’t think he’s going to be intimidated by other managers, I think he’s standing up for what he thinks is the right thing to do.”

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