What a London derby between two fierce rivals. Last season’s Champions against the runners up was billed to a pulsating affair, and what a breathtaking encounter it was. It ended in a Chelsea win and another defeat for Spurs.
Here are 3 match talking points:
CHELSEA GAIN GROUNDS, SPURS LOSE GROUND:
The talking point heading into this game for Chelsea was the lack of depth stretched further by suspensions to Fabregas and Cahill. With summer signing, Bakayoko being rushed back into the side to make up the numbers, the omens were bad enough to think of a Chelsea win. For Spurs, a quiet summer in the transfer market has been a taking point too. But Chelsea got the win courtesy of Alonso’s brace which has helped Chelsea to gain grounds after last weekend’s defeat to Burnley. While Spurs Wembley hoodoo continue against Chelsea and at Wembley.
CHELSEA STILL HEADS ABOVE SPURS:
The hate feeling Spurs have towards Chelsea is hinged on the fact that the Blues are more successful in recent decades than them. From denying them a Champions League place in 2012 courtesy of our Champions League win to luring Frank Arnesen to SW6, and two FA semi-final defeats and then two title denials surely are testaments to Chelsea’s superiority. Spurs are certainly not far away, but another Chelsea win rubber-stamps our dominance which leaves them in our shadows.
ALONSO MAKES THE DIFFERENCE:
How often was the Spaniard criticised and labelled as a panic buy? Severally! But the left-wing wizard has seen his stock rise after scintillating performances till date. Another huge performance accompanied with a brace surely makes him formidable. On a day when Chelsea’s firepower was lacking from our more attacking players, Alonso came up with the goals that made the difference.
Chelsea just need to fire up the momentum from this crucial win. Cheers!