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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Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City still missing too many chances

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Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City side are still missing too many chances – but has no doubt the goals will come.

One of City’s shortcomings last season, as they failed to mount a serious Premier League title challenge, was their failure to make the most of openings in front of goal.

Little criticism could be aimed at Sergio Aguero, who top-scored with 33 goals, while Gabriel Jesus showed a clinical eye after arriving in January only to be held back by injury.

But for a side built on attacking principles, the overall return was low.

There have been rumours throughout the summer transfer window that City could move to bring in another forward to address this.

However, despite being linked with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Alexis Sanchez, City’s £200 million summer spend has brought in only one attack-minded player, Bernardo Silva.

“I have enough good players up front,” City boss Guardiola said. “(They should) just relax and score goals – that’s all.

“I have two amazing strikers, two number nines, Gabriel and Sergio, but I have others who can score a lot of goals.”

Guardiola will look to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling to deliver more goals.

De Bruyne struck just seven times last term, nine fewer than the previous campaign, but did also hit the woodwork nine times.

Guardiola said: “Leroy scored goals last season and Kevin De Bruyne is a guy who scores 15 goals (a season). If just half of the posts – chances which he creates himself – scores a goal, it is a step forward.”

City face Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Monday in their first home match of the Premier League season.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy, one of City’s summer signings, is still unable to make his debut due to the thigh injury that hampered him in pre-season.

Both the Frenchman and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who injured his knee last December, are expecting to be in action in the coming weeks.

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Arsene Wenger bemoans refereeing decisions after Arsenal's defeat to Stoke City in the Premier League

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Arsene Wenger believes his side does not receive its fair share of penalty decisions, a view he claimed was demonstrated in their 1-0 Premier League defeat at Stoke City.

The Arsenal manager was left beaten by an early second half goal from Stoke’s new Spanish forward Jese, signed on loan this week from PSG and whose training had been curtailed by his new-born son requiring a medical procedure.

But, while accepting that his side had not performed well, the veteran French manager was also left fuming by two failed penalty appeals — for a handball by Kurt Zouma and foul by Mame Diouf.

“We don’t get penalties, we know that,” said Wenger.

“I can get the numbers you will see. Look at the statistics. We had the highest penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us.”

To add to the manager’s bad mood, he also saw a second half “equaliser” by record signing Alexandre Lacazette ruled out for offside — a decision by referee Andre Marriner which television replays suggested had been correct by a matter of millimetres.

“I watched it, it’s not offside at all,” said Wenger. “Even his foot was not offside but we have to swallow that. We should have scored and it’s just another detail that didn’t go our way.”

Among many disappointing Arsenal performances, German international Mesut Ozil was particularly underwhelming, with television pundits picking him out for special attention, although Wenger would not criticise him.

“I think he did try,” said the manager. “It is difficult to single anybody out. Personally, I don’t think he deserved it.”

Wenger also confirmed that Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez, who trained with the team in London on Friday, will be available for their next game, Sunday’s visit to Liverpool, after being linked with a potential move away from the club.

But, in the meantime, having conceded three goals in the opening weekend victory over Leicester, Wenger insists he is not panicking about his team in that area.

“Last week we conceded two goals from corners,” he said. “They only had three shots on goal so I don’t think defended so badly — on set-pieces, yes.

“Today, the goal we conceded we were 100 per cent guilty but it was the kind of night when, not only we didn’t score, but stupid mistakes — first by losing the ball centrally and then by defending poorly — cost us.”

Provided by AFP

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