After losing their season opener against Burnley, Chelsea looked to bounce back at their next match against Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea did just that, winning the match 2-1 against the Spurs.
Chelsea opened the scoring with Marcos Alonso converting a deftly placed free-kick to take Chelsea ahead, 24 minutes into the match. Chelsea’s initiative coaxed the Spurs into action as they reacted by putting Chelsea under pressure for the rest of the half, creating, but not converting, several chances. Nonetheless, Chelsea had the lead at half-time.
The second half continued in much the same fashion, as Spurs continued to look for their equalizer. Tottenham’s equalizer came towards the tail end of the second half at the 82nd minute mark. The Spurs converted a free-kick into a goal, thanks to an own goal by Michy Batshuayi off Christian Eriksen’s free-kick. It almost looked like the match would end in a draw.
However, Marcos Alonso had other plans. At the 88th minute, Alonso sealed the match in Chelsea’s favour with a close range shot that made its way underneath Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Alonso’s goal ensured Chelsea’s title defence got back on track after a shaky start against Burnley. Chelsea now lie in 12th in the league standings and have a long season ahead to put up a strong title defence.