Graeme Souness reckons Tottenham got lucky against a âfabulousâ Chelsea as they drew 2-2 draw, insisting the Blues need a goalscorer.
A typically action-packed London derby didnât disappoint in its first edition of the new season as Stamford Bridge saw four goals and a manager bust-up.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg cancelled out Kalidou Koulibalyâs 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.
âChelsea were fabulous,â he said on Breakfast. âTheyâre just lacking the goalscorer.
âThey had lots of intricate passing movements, got to the edge of the oppositionâs box time and time again, but they still only ended up with three shots on goal.
âThey 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.
âRaheem Sterling gets 15 goals a year, you put Jorginho on the list of scorers only because itâs penalties, he barely crosses the halfway line, he ainât going to get you goals in normal play.
âIf I was Chelsea Iâd still be looking for someone to get the goals. For Spurs, I think there is an improvement, heâs got good players in, but for the largest part yesterday they played second fiddle and got lucky.â
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 didnât 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.
Souness, a former manager of Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle said he could understand why things boiled over, but doesnât want it to become a regular occurrence.
âWe have to be careful, itâs not something youâd want to see every week,â he said.
âI understand why it happens, Iâve 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.
âTheyâre two excitable personalities, supporters like to see it, they like to think their man is having a right go on their behalf. You canât condone it, but I understand it.
âYou prepare all week a plan for the Saturday, you get out there and youâre hoping it all goes to plan and generally it doesnât. You get excited, you get caught in the moment and I have been there, itâs understandable, itâs happened and it will continue to happen.
âThe 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.â
Fellow host Simon Jordan added: âI think Conteâs got balls.Â
âI donât think he cares where he is, I donât think heâs going to be intimidated by other managers, I think heâs standing up for what he thinks is the right thing to do.â
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