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Spurs 1-2 Chelsea

Two great goals either side of half-time from Marcos Alonso secured Chelsea a 2-1 win over Spurs on Sunday afternoon.

Last season's top two duked it out at Wembley, Tottenham's home for the season, in an exciting contest, but Chelsea came away with the spoils

Knowing too well how strong Spurs could be in attack, Antonio Conte set up his side to be defensive. Thibaut Courtois was protected by a three-man defence of Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen.

Chelsea also had three central midfielders as extra protection: David Luiz, N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko in his first start since joining from Monaco this summer.

Wing-backs Alonso and Victor Moses provided width while Willian supported another new signing, Alvaro Morata, up front.

Even though Chelsea were set up defensively, they still had the best early chance, and it fell to Morata. The Spanish striker connected with a brilliant ball into the area, but could only head it wide.

Home side Spurs then came into the match and piled pressure onto Chelsea. The Blues stayed strong, with all their players leaping in to make blocks and challenging any Tottenham player on the ball.

Spurs kept throwing more and more at Chelsea, but the Blues stood firm, breaking when they had the chance, and it was one of these breaks that led to the opening goal.

The Blues won a free-kick in a dangerous area, and Alonso struck the ball with his left foot, curling it over the wall and into the top corner.

The lead gave Antonio Conte's men a moment to breathe, but it was short-lived. Spurs came back strongly after the restart, and almost had the ball in the back of the net to equalise. Harry Kane found space to charge to the edge of the box and fire a dangerous shot towards the far corner, but the ball hit the bottom of the post and rebounded straight back out again.

Spurs continued to look for an opening in the second-half, but were almost caught out on the break again. This time, it was Chelsea's turn to hit the woodwork, as Willian struck a low drive which bounced off the base of the post and out.

Conte changed his attacking men to keep his side fresh, bringing on Pedro and Michy Batshuayi, but the Belgian striker had a match to forget. Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen delivered a dangerous ball into the box, which Batshuayi misjudged, heading it into his own net.

There were only a few minutes remaining when Spurs equalised, and many would have suspected Chelsea to settle for a draw. But Alonso had other ideas, latching onto a clever pass in the 88th minute to fire his shot underneath Hugo Lloris and into the net.

It may only be the second game of the season, but their first win puts Chelsea back on track to challenge for the Premier League title. Next Sunday, Chelsea host Everton in another tough Premier League fixture. Keep an eye on BridgeKids for a full match preview this week!

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