Chelsea needed to respond after losing their Premier League opener against Burnley last weekend and they did just that against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s side issued a statement of real intent against their London rivals, securing an impressive 2-1 victory thanks to a Marcos Alonso brace.
The Spanish full-back opened the scoring midway through the first half and then struck the winner in the 88th minute, bailing out his teammate Michy Batshuayi who’d turned the ball into his own net minutes earlier.
“I want to thank every one of my players,” Conte was quoted as saying by the Guardian after the match. “They showed me great desire, great spirit, great will, great heart, great will to fight. I saw fighters in a moment that’s not easy for us with the suspensions and the injuries. We suffered during the game, but we were always dangerous in every moment.
“We know very well that a lot of teams improved if you compare with last season. But we have to concentrate on ourselves. It’s not important if we are not favourites in this league. It was the same last season. We know we are trying to improve our team, our squad, and the club is trying to do its best in the transfer market to try and improve the team and the squad. But I repeat, I’m very happy when I see this type of game. I’m not speaking about football, but this spirit, this heart, this desire.
“I must be satisfied because my players gave me everything today. They did the same last season. There will be more great difficulties in this season, but the only way we can get through these difficulties is to work.”
Chelsea fans love what Kante did to Kane
Alonso wasn’t the only Chelsea player who shone at Wembley; N’Golo Kante was typically industrious in the middle of the pitch.
The indefatigable French midfielder looks poised to enjoy another fantastic Premier League campaign and there was one moment against Spurs that delighted Chelsea supporters on social media.
In the 86th minute of the match, with the scores level at 1-1, Kante launched a counter-attack from the edge of his penalty area.
Driving forward with pace, power and purpose, the 26-year-old suddenly felt the arms of Harry Kane wrap around him.
The England forward attempted to bring down Kante but ended up in a heap on the floor.
Watch it here…
Reaction on Twitter
Proof, if ever it was needed, that Kante is an absolute machine.
Here’s how Chelsea fans reacted on Twitter…
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