Changes had to be forthcoming with five substitutes available during three different exchanges and the team trailing at the half. Ultimately, Conte used all three opportunities to substitute but made only four changes
Rating Substitute Spurs and Coach Conte
Coach – Antonio Conte – 6
Tottenham jumped out of the blocks, clawing all over Chelsea in the game’s first five minutes. However, as Chelsea grew into the game, Spurs looked a bit tired as they were second-best to almost every ball. Conte earned his keep with the tactical changes in the second half, changing Tottenham’s shape and changing the game. Unfortunately, as Chelsea re-found their rhythm, Conte’s Tottenham struggled to keep their heads, fighting Taylor as much as Chelsea. As Spurs seemingly stole the point, Conte and Tomas Tuchel went head-to-head, earning the Italian a Red Card, but seemingly nothing for Tuchel, who had caused the ruckus by holding Conte’s hand as the two shook.
Substitute #1 – Richarlison – 6
Coming on for Sessegnon as Tottenham went to more of a 4-4-2 shape, Richarlison made his Tottenham debut with over half an hour to play. He did well to keep his cool after not getting a big call. Richarlison showed some pace but could not get behind the Blue’s backline, although he got under their skin.
Substitute #2 – Ivan Perisic – 7
Ivan Perisic was part of a double change immediately after James regave Chelsea the lead. Perisic’s first contribution was a corner kick he’d likely want back. Perisic made a later corner count, finding Kane for the game-tying goal at the death.
Substitute #3 – Yves Bissouma – 5
Coming on with Perisic, Yves Bissouma had about ten minutes to impact the game. Bissouma ran about but saw little of the ball.
Substitute # 4 – Lucas Moura – 5
Lucas Moura came on for Royal to give Tottenham more attacking options as Spurs searched for a late second-equalizer. Moura had a header chance that was deflected wide.