Marcos Alonso's prolific record - Seven deadly stats from Chelsea's 2-1 win over Tottenham

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Premier League champions Chelsea got the boost they badly needed on Sunday as a double from Marcos Alonso gave them a 2-1 victory over last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur in Antonio Conte’s 50th game in charge.

The 26-year-old Spaniard struck the winner with less than three minutes remaining in an impressive show of character by Chelsea, after they had been pinned back when substitute Michy Batshuayi headed into his own net eight minutes from time.

Here are seven deadly stats from the champions’ 2-1 win over Tottenham.

ALONSO’S PROLIFIC RECORD

The Chelsea fullback stepped up to score a fantastic free-kick after 28 minutes, leaving Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris with no chance.

Alonso’s stunning strike was his seventh Premier League goal since he joined Chelsea last season – more than any other defender in the same period.

He would add to that tally with a superb winner by the end of the game.

CHELSEA’S LONG-RANGE SNIPING AGAINST SPURS

Spurs’ defence quite often forces opponents to resort to taking hopeful shots from distance, given how difficult they are to break down.

For Chelsea, however, this strategy seems to work perfectly:

SPURS KEEP HITTING THE WOODWORK

On Saturday, it was pointed out that Manchester United seem to find the woodwork quite often with their shots – more than any other team since the start of last season, barring one…

CHELSEA HEMMED IN BY SPURS ONSLAUGHT

It was no surprise that Spurs sent wave after wave of attack in the second half as they chased an equaliser.

Chelsea’s struggles to start the half were somewhat unexpected, however, given how dangerous they can be on the counter.

Although it took an own goal to finally breach their defence, for a long time, they could barely get out of their own half.

DIEGO WHO? ALONSO STRIKES AGAIN

When Spurs finally did level the scores, few would have been surprised if they’d completed the comeback by finding a winner.

Instead, Chelsea flipped the script, and it was that man Alonso again. The goal came via one error by Spurs’ midfield and an even more egregious one by Lloris.

And Alonso might just be showing why Chelsea don’t miss a certain striker…

KANE’S MOST GOAL-SHY GAME, IN HIS MOST GOAL-SHY MONTH

Harry Kane has infamously failed to score a league goal in August, an odd statistic that he would have been desperate to put right on Sunday.

He came close, hitting the post for the second straight week, but it’s now been 12 August games in a row that he’s failed to score in the Premier League.

His performance on Sunday earned him another unwanted statistic, as this was his most ineffective game in front of goal:

SPURS CAN’T BREAK WEMBLEY HOODOO

Last season’s trial run of playing European home games at Wembley didn’t go well, as they picked up two losses and one draw in their four Champions League and Europa League outings.

Then they lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, albeit in a setting where the national stadium was a neutral venue. 

The jinx remains, however. Sunday’s loss was their eighth in ten games at the new Wembley, and the Spurs side we’ve come to expect – prolific in attack, stingy in defence – has been non-existent at England’s hallowed ground. 

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Premier League champions Chelsea got the boost they badly needed on Sunday as a double from Marcos Alonso gave them a 2-1 victory over last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur in Antonio Conte’s 50th game in charge.

The 26-year-old Spaniard struck the winner with less than three minutes remaining in an impressive show of character by Chelsea, after they had been pinned back when substitute Michy Batshuayi headed into his own net eight minutes from time.

Whilst the three points gets Conte’s side off the mark — the perfect riposte to their shock opening 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley — newboys Huddersfield Town made it two wins from two to sit just below leaders Manchester United on six points.

Here’s how the players rated at Wembley.

TOTTENHAM

HUGO LLORIS – 4/10

There was little Lloris could have done about Chelsea’s first goal, but the second was entirely his fault – Alonso’s shot should have been a routine save, not the winning goal.

KIERAN TRIPPIER – 5/10

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.

Tireless down the right flank, but was not as consistent with his crossing as he normally is.

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – 6/10

The Belgian was culpable once when Alvaro Morata nearly scored, but otherwise he played more of an attacking role than a defensive one.

JAN VERTONGHEN – 6/10

Vertonghen could have been sent off for a tackle on Victor Moses in the second half, but other than that he hardly put a foot wrong – despite ending up on the losing side.

BEN DAVIES – 6/10

Was excellent on Spurs’ left flank, keeping the Chelsea defence busy and always offering an outlet for attack. Forced Courtois into a smart save.

VICTOR WANYAMA – 5/10

Wanyama was at fault for Chelsea’s winner, giving away possession cheaply, and fluffed his lines when presented with a decent chance. Those two moments marred a decent performance.

ERIC DIER – 5/10

Held his own as usual in midfield, although was guilty of a few robust challenges. By the second half, Dier looked like a luxury as Spurs chased the game, and substituting him was the obvious decision for Mauricio Pochettino.

MOUSA DEMBELE – 7/10

He was Spurs’ most consistent performer on the day, and nearly scored with a rasping shot. Skillful as always and a strong presence in Spurs’ midfield.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN – 6/10

Struggled to provide the flashes of brilliance he usually has in him to set up Spurs’ attacks, but it was his free kick that led to the team’s equaliser.

DELE ALLI – 6/10

Had his usual flicks and skills on display, including a couple of crisp first touches to skip away from Chelsea defenders. Ultimately, failed to take control of the game in the way he can.

HARRY KANE – 7/10

Kane’s August duck continues – he’s never scored in the Premier League in August – but really, it should have ended on Sunday. Hit the post with an excellent shot, and came close to scoring more than once.

SUBS

SON HEUNG-MIN – 5/10

Came on to provide more creativity as Spurs chased a goal, and he gave the Chelsea defence something to think about.

MOUSSA SISSOKO – 5/10

Pochettino at least seems to be placing more truth in the the much-derided Frenchman, as he started last week and came on to help Spurs’ push for an equaliser. Like so many times before, he failed to make an impact.

VINCENT JANSSEN – N/A

Came on right at the end after Chelsea had retaken the lead, and had no time to make any impact.

CHELSEA

THIBAUT COURTOIS – 5/10

Looked shaky at times, but avoided making any fatal mistakes. In truth, Spurs didn’t test him as much as they would have expected.

VICTOR MOSES – 6/10

He didn’t make a telling impact on the game, but he was full of running as always and his energy and physicality were useful in Chelsea’s bid to hold Spurs off.

CESAR AZPILICUETA – 7/10

After one game in his more natural right wingback position, Azpilicueta was restored to the right-sided centre-back role he’s grown used to, and he had a solid game there yet again.

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – 6/10

Harry Kane embarrassed him on a couple of occasions in the first half, but the Dane recovered after the break to form a key part of Chelsea’s rearguard.

ANTHONY RUDIGER – 6/10

His lack of Premier League experience showed, but he just about held his own against Kane and company. Needs to improve to justify being an automatic starter.

MARCOS ALONSO – 9/10

A man-of-the match performance. Scored a brilliant free-kick, defended well, and crucially, added the winner with two minutes remaining.

DAVID LUIZ – 7/10

Despite his excellent season as part of Chelsea’s back three last campaign, there has always been a school of thought that Luiz is better utilised in midfield than as a central defender. A brave and determined performance.

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO – 6/10

Rushed back from injury and in a new league, Bakayoko performed as well as could be expected. It was his foul that led to Spurs’ equaliser, but overall, that was a promising debut.

N’GOLO KANTE – 7/10

Another performance that showed Kante’s value. Tireless running, smart distribution, and always in the right place at the right time.

WILLIAN – 6/10

Until he burst into life in the second half with a couple of mazy runs and a thunderous shot that hit the post, Willian struggled to make an impact on the game and was substituted after 78 minutes.

ALVARO MORATA – 4/10

The Spaniard instantly gave Chelsea hope last week, scoring his first goal. Sunday’s performance was a complete contrast, and he struggled to hold up the ball throughout the game, and missed a glorious chance to open the scoring.

SUBS

PEDRO – 5/10

Didn’t really have much time to impact the game, but his pace asked questions of the Spurs defence.

MICHY BATSHUAYI – 4/10

Within three minutes of coming on, Batshuayi had scored – against his own team. Thankfully, Alonso saved his blushes after his own goal.

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Two good, two bad as Marcos Alonso stars in Chelsea's win over Tottenham

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Chelsea responded to the humiliating start to their title defence by beating Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Marcos Alonso bagged a brace for the Blues as Antonio Conte’s side recovered from their 3-2 defeat to Burnley last week.

Alonso’s first-half free-kick was cancelled out by Michy Batshuayi’s own goal eight minutes from time.

But Chelsea were not finished yet, and Alonso struck the winner on 88 minutes to earn the Blues all three points.

Here’s our two good and two bad performances from a thrilling encounter at Wembley Stadium.

TWO GOOD

MARCOS ALONSO

The Spaniard was back to his menacing best, scoring twice to guide Chelsea to victory.

The 26-year-old unleashed a stunning free-kick into the top corner after 26 minutes to give the Blues an early lead.

His second was a gem too. Receiving possession from Pedro, he turned to drive the ball underneath a stranded Hugo Lloris to score the winner with two minutes remaining.

Aside from his goal scoring exploits, he looked solid on and off the ball, cutting down the influence of Kieran Trippier at every opportunity.

DAVID LUIZ

The Brazilian was outstanding in his midfield role and made the decisive tackle that led to Alonso’s late winner.

Although he looked shaky at times in the first half, he recovered to make a number of important blocks.

With Bakayoko and Kante playing off him, the Blues looked difficult to break down all afternoon.

A brave and determined performance by Luiz.

TWO BAD

HUGO LLORIS

A poor display by the usually reliant Frenchman.

Not much he could do for Alonso’s free-kick which was a truly impressive strike, but the Spurs captain was easily beaten for the second.

Alonso looked to have all the time in the world when shooting and the ball flapped under Lloris’s body and into the net.

MICHY BATSHUAYI

A nightmare 11 minutes for Batshuayi.

He was only on the field three minutes when it looked like he cost the Blues the match.

An own goal from the young Belgian handed Spurs an equaliser, but fortunately star man Alonso stepped up to score the winner late in the contest.

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