5 talking points from Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea as Marcos Alonso double secures Wembley victory for champions
Marcos Alons’s double sealed the London derby spoils for Chelsea as the Blues downed Tottenham at their temporary home of Wembley.
The defender struck a sumptuous free-kick in the first half to fire the visitors ahead, but Spurs looked likely to leave with a point after Michy Batshuayi put through his own net after the break.
Alonso had the last say, however, pouncing on an error by Victor Wanyama to fire past a disappointed Hugo Lloris at the near post.
Our man Darren Lewis was at the national stadium and here are five talking points from the match.
1. Ref in the spotlight
On the one hand you could commend him for trying his utmost to keep this 11 v 11. On the other, you’d be much more inclined to ask: Where is the consistency?
Eric Dier’s lunge on David Luiz was probably worse than the foul last week for which captain Gary Cahill was sent off. How does Dier stay on?
Vertonghen left Moses in a heap. How does he stay on the field of play? Make no mistake, this was a hard game to referee as the tackles flew in.
But had referee Anthony Taylor done his job Spurs would have ended up with 11 men.
2. Crisis, what crisis?
We did this last year too – wrote off Chelsea far too soon before they found their stride and galloped off into the sunset.
This match gave us a glimpse of the power set be at Antonio Conte’s disposal once his squad is fully fit and his new signings are in.
Alonso provided the best possible response to the club’s pursuit of Juventus left wing-back Alex Sandro.
Alvaro Morata should have scored even earlier and the appetite from his team-mates to keep out the Spurs revival told us that Conte has not lost a single one of his players.
3. Bakayoko shows what he can offer
So now we have a solution to the curious case of Nemanja Matic. Ever since the Serbian was sold inexplicable to Manchester United, strengthening a rival, the question has been asked by Chelsea and United fans alike – why?
Now we know. Bakayoko was not even fully fit today yet he produced enough to tell us that he will be formidable in a Chelsea shirt – and yes, an upgrade on Matic.
He was fierce in the tackle, ran for ever and, when we believed he would end his debut by coming off on the hour, he ran some more.
That £40million, on the man who lifted the French title with Monaco last season, looks well spent.
4. No Wembley hoodoo for Spurs
It is not a hoodoo. Sorry. You won’t find these conclusions buying into that narrative. Chelsea were simply the better side here.
They should have gone ahead even sooner through Alvaro Morata while Marcos Alonso’s goal was a peach.
Yet lesser sides than Chelsea will be put to the sword here at Wembley. Kane hit the post, Eriksen tried everything to pull the Blues defence apart but, under Antonio Conte, the Blues just would not be denied.
That’s why they are Champions.
5. Christensen impresses for Blues
He looked unconvincing in pre-season out in Singapore he looked the part here. Very much so. Intelligent, disciplined and brave as Spurs threw the kitchen sink at Chelsea after falling behind. You can see why Conte wanted him back after his loan spell at Borussia Moenchengladbach – and why he is getting the game time.
The Chelsea boss has clearly worked his magic on the Dane, just as he did with David Luiz as the Brazilian’s critics were deriding the decision to buy him. Christiansen will come on for this display. The future looks bright for him.