Chelsea: Wembley win proves that the Champions can retain their title

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Last season at White Hart Lane, Tottenham completed the whole season without losing. The 4-2 FA Cup semifinal humbling at Wembley in April and the stunting of Spurs ambitions winning the league first when battling back at the Bridge from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in May 2016 and then winning 2-1 at the same venue last season had to hurt.

"Today I think Wembley is not the reason we lose the game", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "To be honest I can understand it. Manchester City and West Ham had similar problems when they moved into their stadiums".

Spurs have had more than their fair share of woe at Wembley in recent seasons and so it continued yesterday as they were beaten by two goals from Marcos Alonso. "For me, Wembley is one of the best places in the world, one of the best places to play football". To feel the atmosphere is wonderful and it is great also for the opponents.

Michy Batshuayi's own goal had just six minutes earlier cancelled out Alonso's first-half free-kick. "They put in a good performance against a really good Tottenham team".

But Pochettino brushed off the notion of a "Wembley curse", insisting his team played better than Chelsea on Sunday despite the new surroundings. "They fully deserved to be in front after the first period in the game".

A double by Spaniard Marcos Alonso - the last Chelsea player to score an away brace prior to Sunday against Leicester in January - secured a vital three points after a stunning opening home loss to Burnley.

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With Diego Costa in exile, Eden Hazard still recovering from a broken ankle and a thin squad following sales, loans and suspensions, Conte said Chelsea showed the spirit of champions on the field.

Midfielder Luiz was at the heart of most that was good about Chelsea, breaking down Tottenham attacks and pushing his team forward. "It's not easy", Conte said.

"Sometimes the ball just doesn't go in, as it didn't on this occasion, when I hit the post and with the few chances that I had".

In an electric atmosphere for their first Champions League game since 2011, Spurs made a bright start and Son Heung-Min should have scored. We'll see what happens in the future but in my opinion it would be good to end it when the season starts. Keep playing the way that we are playing and keep working hard in training. We had eight or nine and we only scored one.

"Yes for us it's very important", said the Belgium goalkeeper.

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