Michael Owen reacts to Chelsea's 2-1 win over Tottenham

21 August 2017, 06:13 | Santos Harmon

Antonio Conte literally laughed off Diego Costa's midweek comments in his press conference

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The greater worry for Spurs is a certain bluntness as their only goal came from a Michy Batshuayi own goal.

Chelsea bounced back from their opening day defeat to Burnley by beating Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley in a thrilling encounter.

- Tottenham banners lined the walkways leading to Wembley.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "I am disappointed because we deserved more but they were very clinical with two shots on target and two goals".

It was harsh that Kyle Walker-Peters - who produced an excellent display last week - was dropped, but Trippier had the right to be reinstated after recovering from his injury.

But, the Italian coach would spring yet another surprise on the Chelsea fans inside Wembley as he elected to play a 3-5-1-1 formation, pushing Willian further up the filed to play just in behind new signing Alvaro Morata, who made his full Premier League debut.

Dele Alli was horribly wayward, while Mousa Dembele's thundering drive was tipped over by Courtois as Spurs continued to offer the greater threat.

Bakayoko is more mobile than Matic and was a useful midfield ball-carrier when Chelsea, starved of possession for long periods on Sunday, transitioned from defence to attack.

GK Thibaut Courtois, 8 - A couple of smart, if regulation, first half saves kept Tottenham at bay. At a time when his side needed solidity, Wanyama presented Chelsea with their victor. Instead he delivered a match-winning performance with two well-taken goals while defending admirably.

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Held his own as usual in midfield, although was guilty of a few robust challenges.

Pochettino instantly dismissed questions about a supposed complex that Tottenham have with Wembley, although accepted that it would be an issue until the win there.

Chelsea rode their luck at times to stand firm in the face of a Spurs siege either side of half-time - but they retained ambition and it was a defender in Alonso who raced into the area to score the victor. The outside centre-backs, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta, tried to be aggressive by squeezing up to close these gaps, but this occasionally led to them being spun and taken out of the game high up the pitch.

Kane's August duck continues - he's never scored in the Premier League in August - but really, it should have ended on Sunday.

Spurs picked up where they left off in the second half and Kane came close to creating a goal for his side as he got down the right flank before back-heeling to Christian Eriksen but the midfielder's effort was deflected out of play. Spurs kept on coming with wave after wave, but there was no way through. Like so many times before, he failed to make an impact.

But just when it looked as if Spurs were back in the game, a poor piece of goalkeeping saw Alonso slide the ball underneath the Spurs keeper to score his brace and hand Chelsea the lead again.

Jose Mourinho paid with his job before Christmas in 2015 as a squad in turmoil hovered improbably over the relegation zone but Antonio Conte's side allayed doubts over a similar implosion as they turned in a performance of grit and togetherness at the national stadium.

Starting against Chelsea was always likely to be tough, but the champions' recent problems meant this was arguably the ideal time to face their rivals.

DF Andreas Christensen, 8 - Bar a misjudged clearance in the first half that nearly let in Harry Kane, the young Dane was hugely impressive as the central member of the back three. I want to win the Premier League.



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