Chelsea ruined Tottenham’s Wembley housewarming on Sunday as Marcos Alonso’s late strike ensured the reigning champions left with all three points on Sunday.
The Spanish wing-back had already put Chelsea 1-0 up going to the half-time break courtesy of a delightful free kick midway through the first half, and hammered past Hugo Lloris late on just as it looked like Michy Batshuayi’s own goal had given Spurs a share of the points.
It was an afternoon in which Chelsea bounced back from last week’s Burnley defeat, bur Tottenham may feel that their overall play did not get the reward it perhaps deserved.
Here’s how we rated the players on show at Wembley.
Hugo Lloris – Poor for the second goal, could do nothing for the first. Mixed afternoon for the French international.
Kieran Tripper – His first game back after injury and it showed. The successor to Kyle Walker but did not offer the same attacking threat as the departed £50m would have.
Jan Vertonghen – Lucky not to see red for a wild challenge on Victor Moses, otherwise a solid afternoon for the Belgian defender.
Toby Alderweireld – Probably on a par with Vertonghen in terms of overall display, but he really should have done better when losing Alvaro Morata early on for a header that the Spaniard should have buried.
Ben Davies – Offered far more of a threat than Trippier on the other flank. Davies’ runs enabled Spurs to make better use of the flank, though his crossing could perhaps have been better at times.
Eric Dier – Another who perhaps could consider himself lucky not be sent off early. That said, his withdrawal in the second half led to Chelsea creating far more in the final third, so his importance to Tottenham today was only truly noticed when he was gone.
Victor Wanyama – Like Tripper, Wanyama lacked sharpness in midfield. Against a debutant in Bakayoko the Kenyan midfielder could have run the show, but his lack of sharpness prevented that from happening.
Mousa Dembele – Dembele’s quiet brilliance shone through again. Pulled the strings in the heart of Spurs’ midfield, with a range of athleticism and passing that caused plenty of problems for the visitors.
Dele Alli – Very quiet afternoon from the highly-rated youngster. That his most memorable moment from the game was fouling David Luiz just before Alonso’s opener isn’t a good sign.
Christian Eriksen – A constant danger from set-pieces (including Batshuayi’s own goal), Eriksen’s display deserved far more than to be on the losing side.
Harry Kane – Unlucky to see a first-half shot come back off the post, worried the Chelsea defence throughout. Still no August goal for the England striker, which remains an oddity given how prolific he normally is.
Son Heung-Min (Dier 68) – Had his uses going forward but his replacing Dier seemed to disrupt the overall flow of the team (though this is more about Dier’s withdrawal than Son’s arival).
Moussa Sissoko (Davies 80) – Came on. Touched the ball five times. That’s about it really.
Vincent Janssen (Tripper 90) – Had five less touches of the ball than Sissoko.
Thibaut Courtois – Great when called upon, made some fine saves. Could do nothing about the equaliser.
Antonio Rudiger – Looked more assured than last week, but Kane gave the German international afternoon an exhausting afternoon. Solid without being much more than that.
Andreas Christensen – Decent in the air and along the ground, nonetheless Christensen looked awkward on occasion and Gary Cahill should walk back into the team when his suspension is over.
Cesar Azpilicueta – Captain in Cahill’s absence. Generally assured but prone to the odd rush of blood to the head. Would have been culpable had Kane’s first-half shot hit the net and not the post.
Victor Moses – Decent if little more than that. Moses’ delivery was solid enough but he could lose his place to Azpilicueta if Conte decides that Spaniard would operate better as a wing-back.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – Hounded throughout by Dembele, but the French midfielder held his own in a solid debut. Plenty to build on once he regains full fitness.
David Luiz – Operating in a midfield role today but no less impressive for it. His tenacity seems to pay greater dividends when he is further up the pitch.
N’Golo Kante – Usual tireless display from the Frenchman. Looked a little awkward at times in the three-man midfield but did wel, as usual, to stop the opposition from attacking through the middle.
Marcos Alonso – The matchwinner. A brilliant first-half free kick was topped off with a brilliant run into the box for the second with just minutes remaining. Man-of-the-match performance
Willian – More central than the Brazilian was perhaps used to, better in the second half than the first as he seemed to benefit most from Dier’s withdrawal.
Alvaro Morata – Another who seemed to benefit more from bigger gaps in the Spurs defence after the restart. Tracked back well enough but should have buried that header eraly on.
Pedro (Willian 78) – A brief appearance for Pedro but a vital one. Played a fantastic pass through to Alonso for the winner.
Michy Batshuayi (Morata 78) – Oh, Michy. On a matter of minutes before he headed into his own net to level it up. Might be a while before he is trusted again.
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