No better Chelsea debut could have been imagined for Kalidou Koulibaly. On Sunday, August 14, the second day of the Premier League, the Senegalese defender started his second match with the Blues and assisted in giving his team a lead against Tottenham.
The former Neapolitan, who was left unattended at the back post, took a corner that Cucurella, the other Blues signing this summer, had taken perfectly with a half-volley. That goal was enough to earn Chelsea a well-deserved one goal advantage at half time.
Kalidou Koulibaly had free reign to score the opening goal that Chelsea deserved before Tottenham drew level in the second half through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike from distance. In the 77th minute, Chelsea took the lead once more when Reece James capitalized on some confusion in the Spurs defense to score at the back post.
However, Kane attacked Ivan Perisic’s corner to equalize in the 95th minute, gliding a header into the far corner with a slight touch from James.
The game ended 2-2 in controversial fashion, with a touchline brawl between Chelsea’s Tuchel and Tottenham’s Conte making headlines alongside a contentious refereeing decision.
Koulibaly was signed by Tuchel after the club lost the likes of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on the back of the 21/22 campaign. The Senegalese has now scored 14 goals in 238 appearances in Europe’s top five leagues, with all 14 coming from inside the penalty area after set pieces.