Are Chelsea back on track after Spurs win?
Any early-season doubts Chelsea were harbouring were dispelled, thanks to their 2-1 win over Tottenham prior to the international break, leading fans to display levels of enthusiasm the club has missed greatly, over the past few weeks.
Thanks to a stellar double from Macros Alonso, the London club appear to be back on track, after a disappointing run of matches.
Losing first to Arsenal, in the Community Shield at Wembley, then to Burnley – in what was a shock result for all involved – Chelsea’s season was off to anything but a perfect start, and the atmosphere was, expectedly, tense, at Sunday’s match. It was always going to be a close-fought game, with most sports betting operators like Unibet giving Tottenham a slight advantage.
Thankfully, for Chelsea fans, however, they came out strong, and looked confident with the ball at virtually all times – and it wasn’t long into the game before Chelsea players were smiling once again.
Antonio Conte was visibly ecstatic with the result, reaching out to thank his players, personally, after the match according to goal.com:
“I want to thank my players. They won. They showed me great desire, great Spirit, great willingness to fight. I saw today the fighters.”
Conte’s enthusiasm and hard-lined approach received mixed reactions from fans, at first, with some saying he was over-the-top, but after Sunday’s match, almost all gripes with the manager were forgotten, and Conte now looks set to try and lead his team to Premier League victory – a title they’ll be keen to claim, by all accounts.
In fact, Conte went on to praise almost every player on the pitch, called David Luiz’s performance “amazing” and also commenting on debutant Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first time playing for the club:
“It was an amazing performance from David. He played with great experience, with great personality and was a real point of reference for the other players. “
Conte went on to remind fans the squad included four new players – and cited this as even more reason to celebrate:
“Don’t forget we played with four new players if you compare to last season.
“When you change two players of your three central defenders – we change David Luiz and Cahill and replaced with a young player like Andreas Christensen and then Antonio Rudiger in his second appearance – it is not easy.”
Still, it’s early days yet for the club, and it remains to be seen whether or not they can remain consistent throughout the season – something they’ve struggled heavily with, over the last few years. This will certainly be the question that must be answered, especially when they come up against teams like Everton, who are on a high with their recent draw against Manchester City.