Match Report: Spurs vs Chelsea
Tottenham lose out by two goals to one in this London clash at Wembley Stadium. Alvaro Morata had a chance on goal within just five minutes of gameplay after turning Azpilicueta’s cross wide of the goal. Tottenham looked strong as the first half progressed. Dele Alli had a chance to put the Lilywhites ahead as he sought to capitalise on a Chelsea defensive error – but rocketed his effort high above the crossbar. The momentum was seemed to grow with Tottenham until the 24th minute when Alonso beat Lloris with a stunning free-kick. The outstretched keeper was beaten by an unstoppable shot that curved over the top of the wall and landed straight into the top right-hand corner of the net. Kane tried to relevel the score for Tottenham with two efforts on goal, but Courtois was able to quell his attempts. Kane threatened Courtois’s goal again by rocketing a shot off the post on the 42nd-minute mark but again, to no avail.
Tottenham regrouped during the halftime period and within two minutes of being back on the pitch, Spurs had two golden chances to bring the scores level. Eriksen had a decent shot turned behind for a corner. Subsequently, the corner fell to the unmarked Harry Kane, who mistimed his header completely. There were claims of a penalty from Tottenham players who thought Azpilicueta had used his arm to block Dele Alli’s incoming cross. Referee Anthony Taylor judged otherwise and allowed the play to go on. At the other end, Willian, Morata, and Moses all squandered chances to double the Chelsea lead.
Spurs seemed to benefit from some luck in the 82nd minute when Batshuayi mistakenly turned Christian Eriksen’s looping free-kick beyond the reach of Courtois and into his own net. However, the score only remained 1-1 for a total of six minutes. Alonso netted his second goal by driving a shot low towards the near post of Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman will be extremely disappointed to concede what should have been a textbook save. The last-minute winner meant that Chelsea walked away from the national stadium the victors of the day.
Spurs vs Chelsea Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 73,587
Starting Line-ups: Spurs vs Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembélé, Davies, Alli, Eriksen
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger, Moses, Bakayoko, Luiz, Kanté, Alonso, Willian, Morata
“We are disappointed because we think we deserved more. They were very clinical to shoot on target to get the goals. We created a lot of chances, I think we were better, but in football sometimes you are better, but if not clinical in front of the goal, you can lose like today… I am not frustrated, I am not upset, I am very happy with the performance of all the players. They are working hard, it is only the beginning, it was the second game and a difficult game to play”
Man of the Match
The Man of the Match award went to Chelsea’s Marcus Alonso. He scored a fabulous free kick to open the scoring for Chelsea, as well as bagging another goal for the blues. The fullback once again shows his propensity to attack with danger, and to cause issues for the opposition when he is on form.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs host Burnley at the national stadium next week, and the Lilywhites will be looking to kick-start their home campaign with a win.