Mauricio Pochettino: Wembley was not the problem in Spurs' defeat

Posted August 22, 2017

Antonio Conte said his Chelsea players' performance in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham was the response of champions after a tricky opening to the season.

Conte is hoping to build on his successful first season, where an inspired switch to 3-4-3, with two wing-backs, led the Blues to Premier League glory.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted the venue was a not a factor in the loss when he spoke to the media after the game. But Kane is clear in his own mind. "At most clubs now everyone waits until the last minute to see who they can get and who is the best deal - and it is understandable".

"[Manchester United and Manchester City] They invested a lot last season". Keep playing the way that we are playing, keep working hard in training and it will come. "You see that physically we are very good and for us that is important".

"Those things they (the club) can handle with my agent". Why wouldn't teams do that?

'I'm not surprised, ' said Conte.

They responded with Sunday's 2-1 victory over Tottenham.

However, Kane feels Spurs' existing group was strong enough to win the encounter, and he felt his side were unlucky to lose 2-1, having had the larger share of possession and three times as many shots on target as the Blues.

"They haven't done very well", he said.

So how big was that win over their north London rivals where left back Marcos Alonso struck twice, the victor two minutes from time? We tried to change the final result and scored two goals with 10 men and nine men. I remember two years ago we had to go to City and lost there, and it was a hard start for us.

"I want to thank my players because of the commitment, desire and heart they put on the pitch was incredible", he told Sky Sports. We dominated the game and had the better chances first and second half.

Alonso played his part and fully deserves his place in the team, in a back-line which includes fellow Spaniard Marc Bartra of Borussia Dortmund, and Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Gimenez.

"It's a long old season, we've got plenty of time, plenty of games at Wembley". It didn't - that's football, that's life.

"However, football is lovely from the perspective of when you start to win the psychology changes".

"There was a lot of talking throughout the week", Alonso said. "I try to play well for the team, I try to score in every game". "They won. They showed me great desire, great spirit, great willingness to fight".