Thierry Henry reacts to Marcos Alonso’s display in Tottenham v Chelsea
The Arsenal legend admits Tottenham were powerless to stop Marcos Alonso's free-kick for Chelsea
Thierry Henry admitted that Tottenham Hotspur were powerless to stop Marcos Alonso’s free-kick in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Wembley on Sunday.
Spurs welcomed bitter rivals Chelsea to Wembley in their first Premier League game since relocating to the home of English football while their new stadium is built in north London.
Chelsea suffered a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley in their opening fixture of the 2017-18 season to prompt talk of a crisis at Stamford Bridge after a difficult summer transfer window.
Tottenham, on the other hand, were 2-0 winners against 10-man Newcastle United to give Mauricio Pochettino’s men the momentum ahead of the derby at Wembley.
But Alonso broke the deadlock with a superb free-kick before half-time to give Chelsea a slender advantage in the Premier League fixture.
Former Arsenal striker Henry refused to criticise Tottenham’s wall after Alonso’s stunning free-kick.
“There’s nothing you can do sometimes,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“The wall is jumping, Hugo Lloris is trying but when your technique is right, there’s nothing you can do. Alderweireld tries to stop it with his mouth almost!”
Alonso proved to be Chelsea’s match-winner with a close-range finish past Hugo Lloris after Michy Batshuayi’s own goal.
Alonso scored six goals in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season after completing a £17m move to the west London side from Serie A giants Fiorentina.
The Spanish defender was a key part of Antonio Conte’s side as Chelsea won the Premier League title in their first season under the Italian.