Ahead of a huge top of the table clash this Saturday against Tottenham at Wembley, CFCnet look back, but not too far, to when Chelsea last won away against their arch-London rivals.
 
Fortunately it didn’t take too much effort to dig through the archives, as it was just last season that, then as defending champions, the Blues picked up a massive two goals to one victory on August 20th 2017.
 

Heading into the clash at Wembley, Blues fans must have been fearing the worst with suspensions to first team starters Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas and the long-term injury to Eden Hazard. This all meant that Chelsea started the match with just 14 fit senior players, including on the bench, meaning then manager Antonio Conte had to hand Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata their full debuts, despite both lacking match fitness.
 
24th minute – Dele Alli fouled David Luiz just outside the area – Willian and Marcos Alonso stood over it, leaving the Spurs wall and keeper guessing. Step up Marcos Alonso, who picked a perfect angle with his left-foot, and wow did it not disappoint – flighting the ball just over the head of Toby Alderweireld and curling past the diving Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea a lead that they just about deserved.
 
82nd minute – Disaster as a free-kick was given away by Tiemoue Bakayoko, Christian Eriksen took it and Michy Batshuayi was there to head into the back of the wrong net, giving Spurs the equaliser late in the game. The game could have gone in any direction from this point, with the Belgian striker’s head in his hands in disbelief at what he had done.
 
88th minute – Amid the chaos of that Spurs goal, credit where credit was due on the day from Chelsea, as Pedro picked out a smart pass on the left wing found Marcos Alonso who charged forward into the box and angled a low driving shot past Hugo Lloris to make it 2-1 to the Blues!
 
The win restored temporary order for the defending champions Chelsea after a opening day home defeat to Burnley had sent shockwaves through the Premier League.
 
This Saturday Maurizio Sarri leads Chelsea to Wembley hoping to keep an unbeaten run of games going at the English national stadium – having won three there last season (vs Spurs, Southampton and Manchester United).

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