Two Chelsea players named in BBC team of the week

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Chelsea dominated the game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso sealed the three points for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

A number of Chelsea players did a good job in this game but only two Chelsea names made it to Garth Crooks BBC team of the week, as he went for the obvious choice of Giroud and Alonso.

Explaining his decision to go for the Chelsea striker, Crooks said: “It may have been his first league start since the end of November, but Giroud doesn’t seem to have lost his desire to score goals or lead the Chelsea front-line.

“The France forward’s first league goal for 10 months was a fabulous strike. Giroud’s emergence from the shadows gives manager Frank Lampard options, especially as Batshuayi is in such poor form and Tammy Abraham is still coming to terms with his first full season in the Premier League.”

On Marcos Alonso, he went on: “The ball by Alonso for Mason Mount in the early exchanges of this London derby was an immediate reminder of how much I, and indeed the Blues, had missed the quality of his left foot,’ added the former England forward.

“Only minutes later we saw a lovely volley flash over the bar with his weaker right foot. But what took place thereafter was a moment of sheer magic. Three minutes into the second half saw the most exquisite first-time ball from Ross Barkley set up a glorious strike by Alonso that put the game beyond Spurs.

“It momentarily took my mind off the awful decision to leave Tottenham’s Giovani lo Celso on the pitch for his shocking tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta.”

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