Chelsea FC news: Antonio Conte hails performance in win over Tottenham – it showed ‘spirit, heart and desire’

21 Aug

Head coach Antonio Conte lauded his “fighters” after Chelsea extended Tottenham’s Wembley woe with a 2-1 Premier League win.

Marcos Alonso scored an 88th-minute winner after Michy Batshuayi’s own goal had cancelled out the Spaniard’s earlier free-kick as Chelsea responded from the humiliating opening loss to Burnley.

Tottenham laid siege on the Premier League champions’ goal at times, but now have just two wins in 11 attempts since Wembley reopened in 2007. And the national stadium is their home this season.

“To play against Tottenham, away, and to win is a fantastic result. It’s not easy,” Conte said.

“I want to thank my players. Every one. I saw today the fighters.

“I saw a lot of positive things in a moment that’s not easy for us with the suspensions and the injuries.

“I’m very happy when I see this type of game. I’m not speaking about football, but this spirit, this heart, this desire.

“This season we started with the first half not so good against Burnley but, in the second half, they showed me again a great spirit. We tried to change the final result and scored two goals with 10 men and nine men.

“We have to continue to consider there are great difficulties in this season, but the only way we can get through these difficulties is to work.”

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