sport news Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea: Marcos Alonso scores double

One of the biggest mysteries of the summer transfer window – and there have been a few – is the persistent rumour that Chelsea are looking for a left wing-back, to relegate Marcos Alonso. Danny Rose, of Tottenham, has been mentioned.

Yet Alonso has been a vital performer for Chelsea since arriving less than a year ago, as the 2016 transfer window closed. He defends reasonably well, he gets forward impressively – most of all, he scores important goals. 

In Chelsea's title winning season he chipped in with the first two in a 3-0 win at Leicester, the opener in a 3-1 win against Arsenal, the second in the 5-0 rout of Everton that was perhaps Chelsea's stand-out display of the campaign. 

Marcos Alonso celebrates after a firing a late winner underneath the body of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Marcos Alonso celebrates after a firing a late winner underneath the body of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Michy Batshuayi heads beyond the outstretched glove of Thibaut Courtois and into the back of his own net

Michy Batshuayi heads beyond the outstretched glove of Thibaut Courtois and into the back of his own net

Marcos Alonso watches his free-kick nestle into the back of the net and beyond the reach of Tottenham's Hugo Lloris

Marcos Alonso watches his free-kick nestle into the back of the net and beyond the reach of Tottenham's Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris' despairing dive isn't enough to prevent Alonso from putting Chelsea ahead against Tottenham

Hugo Lloris' despairing dive isn't enough to prevent Alonso from putting Chelsea ahead against Tottenham

Marcos Alonso wheels away after giving Chelsea the lead with a magnificent free-kick in the 24th minute of the game

The Chelsea players embrace the Spanish left-back after his sweetly struck free-kick flew into the top corner

The Chelsea players embrace the Spanish left-back after his sweetly struck free-kick flew into the top corner

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE 
Premier League Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga

 

Marcos Alonso gives Chelsea the lead with a stunning free-kick. CLICK HERE for more from MATCH ZONE

Marcos Alonso gives Chelsea the lead with a stunning free-kick. CLICK HERE for more from MATCH ZONE

 

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier (Son 68), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies (Sissoko 80), Alli, Eriksen, Kane

Subs not used: Janssen, Vorm, Wimmer, Winks, Walker-Peters

Booked: Dier, Vertonghen

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Luiz, Alonso, Willian (Pedro 78), Bakayoko, Morata (Batshuayi 78)

Subs not used: Caballero, Kenedy, Musonda, Tomori, Scott

Goalscorers: Alonso 24

Booked: Rudiger, Luiz

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Here, he took the wind out of Tottenham's sails midway through the first-half, silencing a home crowd of more than 70,000.

Much has been made of Tottenham's poor form at their temporary Wembley home, and Chelsea started well. Even so, by the time Alonso struck, Tottenham had forced two reasonable chances – a Harry Kane shot that Thibaut Courtois failed to gather first time, and an effort from Mousa Dembele cutting inside that was clipped over by the goalkeeper's fingertips.

So when Dele Alli fouled David Luiz outside the penalty area – and it was a foul, despite the protestations of Tottenham's fans – it represented a rare opportunity for a patched up Chelsea side to make an impact. Alonso took it, and magnificently.

Most would have expected Luiz to deliver the kick, but it was Alonso, coming in almost square from the right to strike the ball with his left foot, up and over the Tottenham wall, curling out of the reach of Hugo Lloris, despite his best efforts. 

It jolted Tottenham into a response and the rest of the half they put Chelsea under immense pressure, but the damage was done, the doubt sown. And it might not have been Chelsea's first, either.

Alvaro Morata found himself with a free header inside the penalty area but could only direct it wide

Alvaro Morata found himself with a free header inside the penalty area but could only direct it wide

The Spanish striker realises he should have done better and given the Premier League champions an early lead

The Spanish striker realises he should have done better and given the Premier League champions an early lead

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama looks to pinch the ball from Chelsea winger Willian in the early stages

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama looks to pinch the ball from Chelsea winger Willian in the early stages

David Luiz and Dele Alli come together as they battle for the ball during the early stages at Wembley on Sunday

David Luiz and Dele Alli come

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