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Chelsea encouraged, Neymar stars

Marcotti's Musings
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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
11 Arsenal 1 0 1 3
12 Chelsea 1 0 1 3
13 Burnley 1 0 1 3
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Chelsea encouraged, Neymar stars, Ramos sees red, Arsenal's bad day

Steve Nicol is full of praise for Chelsea after their win at Wembley, but says Tottenham deserved something from the match.

The simple conclusion to draw from Sunday's clash between Tottenham and Chelsea is that, when you strip away the grumblings over transfers, the text messages to unwanted strikers and perhaps the garish blue training kit (in a sport marked by superstition, his return to the suit did not go unnoticed), Antonio Conte is a darn fine tactician and motivator, who can set up with the best of them.

After taking it on the chin at home against Burnley on opening day, he traveled to Wembley to face Mauricio...

Antonio Conte told me to 'run a lot' against Tottenham - David Luiz

Chelsea looked set to split the points against Spurs after Batshuayi's own-goal, until Marcos Alonso's stunning late winner.
David Luiz, and game-winner Marcos Alonso, discuss Chelsea's team mentality, and their free-kick dynamics on the day.
Craig Burley assesses the impact of all 22 players on the field for Spurs vs. Chelsea, highlighting Marcos Alonso's impact.

David Luiz said Chelsea coach Antonio Conte had told him to "run a lot" when he played a midfield role in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Two goals from Marcos Alonso gave the Premier League champions victory at Wembley, with Luiz shielding a back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

The Brazil international said he felt Chelsea had played "a clever game" in the absence of key men Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill.

And asked by Sky Sports what...

 By Mark Worrall

Fears of a 'Mourinho season' allayed as Chelsea topple Spurs at Wembley

Chelsea looked set to split the points against Spurs after Batshuayi's own-goal, until Marcos Alonso's stunning late winner.
Amid suspensions and injury concerns, Antonio Conte acknowledges Chelsea's fighting spirit against Tottenham.
ESPN FC's Liam Twomney, Dan Kilpatrick, and Alison Bender check in from Wembley to discuss Chelsea's 2-1 win over Tottenham.

Chelsea's ability to tear up the form-book is nothing new, particularly where arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur are concerned.

Even so, the reversal of expectation at Wembley which saw the Blues beat Spurs 2-1 immediately ended the "crisis club" chatter that had followed the shock home defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the season surprised many.

Minus the services of skipper Gary Cahill and experienced midfielder Cesc Fabregas, both lost to suspension via needless red cards picked up against the...