- Chelsea won 2-1
- Alonso scored a brace for Chelsea
- This was the first PL match played at Wembley
Defending champions Chelsea put in a resilient shift as they took on last year’s runner-ups Tottenham in their second match of the 2017-18 seasons. Missing a hue of players through injuries and suspensions, Chelsea silenced their critics as they showed real heart to come away with a 2-1 win at Wembley. Full-back Marcos Alonso scored both the goals as Chelsea won the first ever match to be played at the Wembley Stadium to put fellow London club Tottenham in place.
Having a capacity of 1 lakh, the Wembley stadium was buzzing as Chelsea and Tottenham graced the pitch for the first big clash of this season. Having come off the back of a shock defeat against Burnley, media and pundits were quick to write off Chelsea for this season and had already started contemplating how big their failure would be. Chelsea manager Conte showed that actions speak louder than words, as he pulled off a tactical master class against Spurs. New boy Bakayoko, Luiz, and Kante were paired in midfield as Conte went in with a 3-5-2 formation to stump Pochettino. Chelsea Academy product Christensen was given his first full Chelsea start and was a rock throughout the match to show why he’s one of the hottest wanted defenders in world football today.
The match started intensely as expected with both teams looking to hurt each other at the slightest opportunity. Chelsea defended resolutely, allowing Tottenham to have the ball and hitting them at the break. Tottenham was unable to find a way through Conte’s well-drilled system and went one down as they found themselves on the end of an Alonso free-kick. Won by Luiz after a rash tackle on him by Alli, Alonso curled in a beauty of a free-kick, swirling over the wall and past a hapless Lloris.
Tottenham played well though after conceding and Kane came to the closest to scoring for the as he hit the post after a well taken shot. Chelsea supporters were left heartbroken though after substitute Batshuayi ended up heading into his own goal an Eriksen free-kick late into the match. Alonso, who had put in a tireless shift throughout the match, puffed ahead for one more attack and was found by Pedro, which he emphatically hit into the goal to give Chelsea a 2-1 win in the dying moments of the game.