Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Chelsea performed like champions against Tottenham Hotspur, says Antonio Conte

Chelsea performed like champions against Tottenham Hotspur, says Antonio Conte

But Chelsea reacted like the champions they are with Alonso sweeping home the victor following excellent work from Kante and Luiz.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi handed Tottenham a chance when he headed past his own goalkeeper in the 81st minute to level up the scores.

Dele Alli's foul on David Luiz just outside the area presented a ideal angle for the left-footed Marcos Alonso, and Alonso did not disappoint, flighting the ball just over the head of Toby Alderweireld and curling past the diving Lloris to give Chelsea a lead that they just about deserved.

Pochettino will be eager to brush off such superstitious hogwash, but Spurs' dominance, particularly in the second half, was near absolute.

The 26-year-old Spaniard struck the victor with less than three minutes remaining in an impressive show of character by Chelsea, after they had been pinned back when substitute Michy Batshuayi headed into his own net eight minutes from time.

In theory, the question to be asking at that point was whther Chelsea could hold out for a draw.

Was excellent on Spurs' left flank, keeping the Chelsea defence busy and always offering an outlet for attack.

The champions have won one of our past 11 Premier League visits to Tottenham.

The momentum was with Mauricio Pochettino's men, but somehow the Blues found the victor. Dele Alli committed a silly foul near the Tottenham area.

In a match of great significance to both teams, Spurs enjoyed the better opening 25 minutes as the men in white passed the ball with confidence around the Chelsea half.

Chelsea's formation resembled a odd 3-2-3-1-1, as if Conte had read too much Dan Brown and was going for an impenetrable code.

MF Son Heung-Min, 6 - Brought on in the 67th minute to give Spurs some more attacking options, but never really got into the game.

It was Chelsea's fourth successive win over Spurs at the national stadium - the previous three were in cup games - and hardly bodes well for Tottenham's temporary home while their new stadium is being built.

It saw Spurs switch back to their usual 4-3-2-1 formation, but it was Chelsea who took control of the next exchanges. Another effort after the break was deflected wide at a time when Tottenham was already 1-0 down.

Chelsea's Brazilian playmaker was starting to turn it on now, as he went on another mazy run and smashed an effort against the post with 73 minutes played.

"It's the most famous stadium in the world and that could be a problem for them".

This was a gutsy and resilient display from the Premier League Champions, complete with two moments of quality from Marcos Alonso.

All that meant that the England international's future at Tottenham was thrown into doubt.

Changes were forced on head coach Antonio Conte with Gary Cahill suspended.

It was to no avail, though, as the full time whistle soon followed to hand Tottenham a disappointing defeat at Wembley.

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