Chelsea delivered the kind of performance that reminded everyone why they are English Premier League champions on Sunday, battling to a victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.
In what will be one of the season’s biggest fixtures, the Blues took the game to their London rivals and fully deserved the victory over the 90 minutes, striking late to win 2-1.
Marcos Alonso was the hero, his stunning free-kick and low strike under Hugo Lloris enough for the three points.
It was also an opportunity for supporters to see the likes of Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko in action after their big summer switches to Stamford Bridge.
It was a risk for Antonio Conte to hand Bakayoko his debut. He hasn’t had a pre-season to speak of after undergoing knee surgery at the end of of last season but the Italian had faith in him anyway and fans were left delighted by his performance.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his midfield display…
Bakayoko has won more headers in 30 minutes than Matic did in his entire Chelsea career you know
— Jay (@AddictedtoEden) August 20, 2017
If Bakayoko can be this good when unfit, imagine what he can do when he's fully fit. Incredible player.
— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) August 20, 2017
Half fit Bakayoko is the midfielder United fans think Pogba is..
— Avirup (@CentralWinger_) August 20, 2017
Bakayoko was winning duels, skipping past players and going on driving runs in his first game since May. Imagine thinking we will miss Matic
— Abdul (@WidePlaymaker_) August 20, 2017
Solid debut from Bakayoko, we are going to be so good when we have a fully fit Bakayoko, Hazard and Morata in our team!
— King Bakayoko (@KingBakayoko) August 20, 2017
Great performance today. Bakayoko very impressive, Alonso great quality, Christensen superb, Willian worked his knackers off!
— Shaun Dyer (@sdodyer) August 20, 2017
Bakayoko with no pre season & not 100% was super today.
That is why we sold Matic.
Christensen was superb. Well deserved 3 points 💙💙#TOTCHE
— Yousaf (@Yousaf_S_1987) August 20, 2017
Thought Bakayoko looked superb also same with Alonso but Kante is on another planet at times!
— James Brown (@JamesB25CFC) August 20, 2017