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Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea must give '150%' in Premier League title defence

March 23 2018, 01:33 | Van Peters

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea must give '150%' in Premier League title defence

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It was all created to make it feel like home and an attempt to continue their superb White Hart Lane form of last season, when they won 17 and drew two of their 19 league games.

Spurs have now lost seven of their past 10 games at Wembley. It doesn't affect me.

Kane said: "It is not the result we wanted, but we can take a lot of positives from the way that we played".

"It's not fair to blame Wembley". For me, Wembley is one of the best places in the world.

Before the game, the outcome felt intrinsically linked to Spurs' hopes of overhauling Chelsea in the Premier League title race but brilliant, unstoppable goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic sealed a flattering victory for Chelsea, who went on to win the title before losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal.

However, Antonio Conte was forced to bring forward Bakayoko's return due to his lack of midfield options and the French global played in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Cobham last week in order to build his match fitness.

But despite a roaring atmosphere at the Wembley that made it feel like home, Tottenham failed to break the hoodoo.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium, London.

It did and Michy Batshuayi headed into his own net. "Our performance was good".

In the first half, Spurs saw more of the ball and pushed Chelsea on the back-foot with efficient passes to keep the game flowing.

However, on the attacking front Alonso easily has the lead - particularly in goals scored. They shot twice and scored twice. I remember two years ago we had to go to [Manchester] City and lost there, and it was a hard start for us.

Chelsea head coach Conte afterwards lauded his "fighters".

He added: "He told me to cut out the space to create". Chelsea won the title a year ago because from October through May (yes, we're excluding the run until the fateful trip to Arsenal) they were the most well-drilled squad in the league.

"It's not important if we are not favourites in this league".

As players get fit or return from suspension, the club brings in some more depth and the team settles, more quality will come into their game.

This was a far cry from Wanyama's excellent performances last season, where he was a crucial player as Tottenham finished second in the Premier League. To show, also to be the champions.

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