Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea - Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso celebrates scoring the 1st Chelsea goal during the England Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso scores the 1st Chelsea goal during the EPL match between Spurs and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso celebrates scoring the 2nd Chelsea goal during the England Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea - Premier League

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he would be happy for Chelsea to continue to move up in the England Premier League title race following their crucial, clinical, impressive 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur in EPL Week 2 after the Blues were stunned 3-2 by Burnley in the opening game of their title defense. Chelsea, full of character, stood up to heavy pressure to ruin Tottenham’s Wembley first home match at their tempory stadium on Sunday thanks to a stellar performance by left wing-back Marcos Alonso who scored a brace.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane battles Chelsea's David Luiz and Andreas Christensen for the ball

Marcus Alonso opened the scoring for Chelsea with a magnificent 24th-minute free-kick and then netted the winner two minutes from time after substitute Michy Batshuayi’s own goal rescued a point for Spurs. 

Remember that Chelsea started last season by losing two of their first six matches before the Blues went on a 13-game winning run on the path to glory. Conte sees no reason why the same formula should not work again.

“It’s not important if we are not favorites in this league,” said Chelsea manager Conte.“It was the same last season. We know we are trying to improve our team, our squad, and the club is trying to do its best in the transfer market. But I’m very happy when I see this type of game. I’m not speaking about football, but this spirit, this heart, this desire.I must be satisfied because my players gave me everything today. They did the same last season.”

Due to Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas being suspended, Eden Hazard injured, and Diego Costa wanting to leave, Conte was forced to innovate. Conte chose a new-look 3-5-1-1 system that featured David Luiz in midfield alongside new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko. After the match, Conte described both players’ performances as “amazing” and said Chelsea’s ability to withstand Spurs’ pressure had been a display of “champions”.

A sold-out crowd of 73,587 Spurs and Chelsea fans made for a high energy and at times deafening atmosphere. Conte suggested the excitement of the supporters at Wembley had benefited Chelsea.

“In this fantastic stadium, to feel this atmosphere is amazing,” said Conte. “Our fans tried to push the same, despite 70,000 Tottenham supporters. But honestly, I think to see this atmosphere is great also for the opponents.”

Tottenham’s loss ended their run of 14 successive home EPL wins. They have now lost 8 of their last 10 games they have played at Wembley, their home this season while White Hart Lane is rebuilt. But Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino put down talk of a ‘Wembley curse’, asserting that his team had been “much better” than Chelsea and saying he was “very happy” with their performance.

“I think the ‘Wembley effect’ is not the reason we lost the game,” said Pochettino who has had a pitch at Spurs’ north London training ground enlarged to Wembley’s dimensions to help his players adjust to the increased size “The team played really well. It’s not fair to blame Wembley. For me, Wembley is one of the best places in the world to play football. We need to stop. I think today it was clear: if you love football and watch football, and want to watch the game again, you will see that Wembley was not the problem. We have to accept they were more clinical than us in front of goal. The opportunities we created, we didn’t score.”

Spurs went through all of the last season without losing a single home match at White Hart Lane. Despite seeing his side experience a first home defeat since May 2016, Pochettino believes his team has improved.

“We are in a position much better than how we started last season,” said Argentinian Conte. “The team is one step higher than last season. It’s true it’s disappointing to lose our first home game, but the character and performance were there. I’m not worried about the team.”

Squads

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen; Alli, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Wimmer, Son, Sissoko, Janssen, Winks.

Chelsea

Courtois; Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Moses, Bakayoko, David Luiz, Kante, Alonso; Willian; Morata. Subs: Caballero, Musonda, Batshuayi, Pedro, Kenedy, Tomori, Scott.

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Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates victory against the Spurs

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Chelsea's Marcus Alonso scores brace to give the Blues their first win of the season

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Superstar goalie for the Blues, Thibaut Courtois was key in Chelsea victory against the Spurs

Chelsea's Marcus Alonso celebrates victory with his side