Matches | Review

Marcos Alonso inspires Chelsea win on Wembley

Last season’s winners, Chelsea and runners-up, Tottenham, faced each other on Wembley in the second round of Premier League.

Line-ups:

Tottenham (3-4-2-1): Lloris – Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen – Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies – Alli, Eriksen – Kane;

Chelsea (3-5-1-1): Courtois – Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger – Moses, Bakayoko, Luiz, Kante, Alonso – Willian – Morata.

Tottenham started at the helm of the game, showing confidence and trying to control the match.

In the 5th minute, Chelsea missed a great opportunity to open the score. A cross from Azpilicueta from the right wing found Morata alone in a central position, 10m out from the goal. Unfortunately for the Blues, the Spanish striker headed it wide.

Tottenham got back in control of the match and Harry Kane took a shot from 18m out, but the ball was eventually held by Courtois.

Mousa Dembele missed another chance to open the score for Spurs. The Belgian took a shot from the edge of the box, but Courtois managed to save it again and awarded a corner kick.

0-1: In the 24th minute, David Luiz was fouled at the edge of Tottenham’s box. Marcos Alonso stepped up to take the free-kick and sent an amazing shot that ended in the top right corner, leaving Lloris hopeless.

Tottenham tried to get back into the game, and in the 29th minute, Harry Kane took on two defenders and unleashed a shot from nearby, but Thibaut Courtois was again at it and keeps the score 0-1.

The same Harry Kane missed another great opportunity in the 42nd minute. Wanyama recovered a ball at the halfway line, rapidly advanced towards Chelsea’s box and sent a pass on the left to Harry Kane. The English striker took the ball on the inside on his right foot and sent a powerful shot. Courtois was beaten, but unfortunately for Spurs, the ball hit the right post.

Ben Davies also tried his luck from outside the box, but his strong shot was parried away by Courtois.

Half-time: The referee brought the first half to an end. Spurs might feel unlucky to head to the cabins behind.

Tottenham started the second half in the same manner they ended the first one and Christian Eriksen missed a good chance in the 46th minute.. His effort from inside the box was blocked and Spurs were awarded a corner kick.

65th minute – Tottenham are in total control of the match. Spurs are putting a lot of pressure on Chelsea, but the Blues are resisting. Antonio Conte’s side rarely went past the halfway line in the second half.

In the 68th minute, Heung-Min Son replaced Eric Dier. Mauricio Pochettino is pushing for the equaliser.

In the 70th minute, at one of the few Chelsea chances of the second half, Morata received a ball in the box, turned on his right foot and took a shot that was deflected and went wide, earning Chelsea a corner kick.

Just one minute later, Victor Moses missed another great opportunity. Coming in the box from the right, Moses unleashed a powerful shot that went just inches over the crossbar.

Chelsea appear to have gotten back in the game. In the 73rd minute, Willian got in a central position at the edge of the box and sent a placed shot that beat Lloris, but the ball hit the left post.

In the 78th minute, Antonio Conte made two changes, bringing in some fresh legs for the attack. Pedro and Batshuayi came on for Willian and Morata.

Mauricio Pochettino responded to Conte’s changes. Moussa Sissoko came on for Ben Davies in the 80th minute.

1-1: In the 82nd minute, Tottenham benefitted of a free-kick from the left wing. Christian Eriksen whipped a cross at the near post and Batshuayi, who just came in, sent the ball into his own net.

1-2: Marcos Alonso made the double in the 88th minute. The Spanish full-back received a ball in the box on the left and took a first time shot from a tight angle. The shot was powerful and went on under Hugo Lloris at the near post. The French goalkeeper will have to take the blame for that one.

Full-time: Chelsea won 2-1 against Tottenham in a match that Spurs dominated. Marcos Alonso’s double earned Chelsea the three points today on Wembley.