Gary Neville makes title admission about Chelsea after Spurs win

Gary Neville says Chelsea responded "like champions" after their impressive victory over Totttenham

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville Photo: Screengrab

Gary Neville says that Chelsea responded “like champions” after their battling 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.

The Blues had found themselves under plenty of early season pressure this month after they slumped to a shock 2-1 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge in their Premier League opener.

Chelsea, however, responded in style on Sunday as goals from Marcos Alonso in each half handed Antonio Conte’s men their first three points of the season at the expense of their bitter London rivals.

The west London side are aiming to defend their Premier League title this season after their impressive triumph under Conte last term.

But the Blues are also preparing for a return to the Champions League after having missed out on a place in Europe’s elite club competition last season.

And former Manchester United defender Neville feels that Conte and Chelsea deserve lots of credit for the way they responded against Tottenham on Sunday.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Sunday’s game, Neville said: “They stood up. They stood up like champions. They pulled together a makeshift team, this is certainly not their first XI, and they’ve shown something today.

“They’ve shown they are actually with the manager. If you think about the accusations last time Chelsea won the league it’s that they weren’t with Mourinho.

“Today they played, even when they went to 1-1, brilliantly. They put in a good performance against a really good Tottenham team.”

Chelsea, who were without the suspended Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas on Sunday, will now prepare to take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game at the weekend.

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