Chelsea’s mission to bounce back from their opening day defeat on Sunday received a massive first-half boost with a brilliant free-kick from Marcos Alonso.
Antonio Conte’s men are up against Tottenham at Wembley and while Spurs’ home record last season as near-flawless, question marks have sprung up about their ability to keep that going at their temporary new ground.
In a relatively even first half, the deadlock was broken just after the twenty-minute mark. Up stepped Marcos Alonso to take it against the Tottenham defence, and what happened next was a perfect strike.
The wall was set up well and there was nothing wrong with Hugo Lloris’ positioning it was just a well-taken free kick that gave the goalkeeper no chance.
With Chelsea’s first game of the season ending in a surprise loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge, the pressure was on Antonio Conte and his side to bounce back from that and pick up their first points of the campaign against their London rivals. Conte gambled with his lineup in this clash, switching to an unconventional 3-5-1-1 and throwing new £40m signing Tiemoue Bakayoko in at the deep end despite concerns surrounding his fitness, but so far it has paid dividends.
At the time of writing, the Tottenham fightback as yet to produce the equaliser and it remains 1-0 to Chelsea.