Blues win derby, spoil Spurs' Wembley opener

By Daily Sports on August 21, 2017

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Premier League champions Chelsea got the boost they badly needed on Sunday as a double from Marcos Alonso gave them a 2-1 victory over last season's runners-up Tottenham Hotspur in Antonio Conte's 50th game in charge.

Two goals from Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the first-ever Premier League game at Wembley Stadium.

For all the noise and wall of flags that greeted their arrival, Spurs, who are playing at Wembley while their new stadium is constructed, needed an early goal to feel at ease in their surroundings.

It was Chelsea, however, who made the breakthrough against the run of play on 23 minutes when Alonso thumped home a superb free kick from 20 metres after Dele Alli had fouled David Luiz.

The shock jolted Spurs, who spent much of the game peppering Chelsea's goal with Harry Kane hitting the post and Christian Eriksen also going close.

The 26-year-old Spaniard struck the winner 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.

While the three points gets Conte's side off the mark – the perfect riposte to their shock opening 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley – newboys Huddersfield Town made it two wins from two to sit just below leaders Manchester United on six points.

The Terriers – only the third promoted side to ever win their opening two games – beat a disappointing Newcastle United side 1-0 with impressive Australian Aaron Mooy scoring the only goal, a delightful curling effort in the second half.

"Unbelievable and at the end in front of our own fans. It couldn't be better," said Alonso, who hopes to emulate his grandfather and father in playing for Spain.

"As for the free-kick, I don't score those even in training let alone a match normally!" added Alonso, who was the last Chelsea player to score an away double having done so at Leicester City in January

.The three points and the fact they ended the match with all 11 men on the pitch – which had not been the case in the Community Shield or their opening defeat by Burnley – will be encouraging for Conte.

The Italian – no shrinking violet himself – has endured a rough time with his treatment of Spanish striker Diego Costa, whom he told he was no longer wanted days after they won the title, causing ructions inside the dressing room.

Mooy, an astute purchase from Manchester City after he impressed on loan last season, praised Huddersfield manager David Wagner for their amazing start.

"I don't have to pinch myself but I didn't expect it," said German Wagner, who was plucked from the Borussia Dortmund reserve team job in 2015

."But it's football, if someone knows that in football everything is possible then it's me and our club after what we've seen and felt last season." © AFP

•Photo shows Marcos Alonso.

Source Daily Sports

Posted August 21, 2017


 

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