Conte: So Chelsea aren't title favourites? So what?!

The England international is currently on around £60,000 a week at Tottenham

Injuries, suspensions, and transfers limited manager Antonio Conte's team selection, but the Blues once again showed a resilience that has always been a hallmark of the club, taking a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Chelsea took control in the early portion of the first half, frustrating Tottenham's attack with limited opportunities to find space. "It's a long old season, we've got plenty of time, plenty of games at Wembley".

It was all created to make it feel like home and an attempt to continue their superb White Hart Lane form of last season, when they won 17 and drew two of their 19 league games.

"I thought the team played really well and it's not fair to blame the game on Wembley, because Wembley is for me one of the best places in the world, if not the one place to play football". Chelsea made the breakthrough against the run of play on 23 minutes when Alonso thumped home a superb free kick from 20 metres after Dele Alli had fouled Luiz.

However, Spanish full-back Alonso broke the deadlock with a sumptuous free-kick before half-time before Chelsea sat back in the second half looking to defend their lead. We felt so strong and even at half-time, we weren't nervous, we said "we're going to win, we're going to turn it around" and we felt so much stronger.

"I think the "Wembley effect" is not the reason we lost the game", said Pochettino, who has had a pitch at Spurs' north London training ground enlarged to Wembley's dimensions to help his players adapt. I am disappointed because we deserved more and our performance was good. We'll see what happens in the future but in my opinion it would be good to end it when the season starts. Those on social media mocking Spurs' record pointed out that British boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua had won more times at Wembley than Tottenham. I think today it was clear. I am very happy as I feel we were unlucky.

"We are working hard, there are plenty of games to play".

"We will try to work hard and maybe after the global break we know what is our full squad and we can build on that, play an fantastic year and win trophies by the end of the season".



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