5 big talking points from Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham's temporary Wembley home was not a factor in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Chelsea have never lost when they have been leading at half-time under Conte in the Premier League (won 20, drawn two).

Tiemoue Bakayoko was making his Chelsea debut, although it wasn't an entirely unfamiliar experience for him: he lined up for Monaco in an away game against Spurs at Wembley last season, in the Champions League.

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"What is more important was the performance which I am happy with".

They eventually scored when Michy Batshuayi put through his own net from Eriksen's free kick two minutes after coming on but, as Spurs pushed for the victor, Alonso hit back on 88 minutes with a shot that went straight through keeper Hugo Lloris. "They played and showed real glimpses today".

Danny Rose made 91 defensive actions in the Premier League last season.

Asked about Chelsea's resilience, Courtois said this result proves they shouldn't be written off.

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So how big was that win over their north London rivals where left back Marcos Alonso struck twice, the victor two minutes from time?

"[Manchester United and Manchester City] They invested a lot last season".

Pochettino has previously backed closing the window before the season starts but on Friday the Spurs manager told a news conference he was undecided. I think we did very well.

"It wasn't easy to play against Tottenham".

But there was little evidence of crisis here as the Blues dropped back into the old routine - hard-as-nails defensive resilience and that ruthless winners' streak that allowed them to snatch victory late on.

Minus the services of skipper Gary Cahill and experienced midfielder Cesc Fabregas, both lost to suspension via needless red cards picked up against the Clarets, the portents didn't look good for Chelsea and their manager Antonio Conte in particular especially given the way Spurs had clinically won at Newcastle in their season opener.

At their best, Tottenham devour teams with their intensity and power running where the ball at times feels nearly incidental as opponents are squeezed unless their technique is up to scratch before eventually being suffocated under the pressure.

The shock jolted Spurs who spent much of the game peppering Chelsea's goal, with Harry Kane hitting the post and Christian Eriksen also going close. The team played really well.

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