Chelsea’s Antonio Conte heard all the grief after his reigning champion Blues fell 3-2 to Burnley last week at Stamford Bridge, so forgive him if he preens a bit after beating Spurs 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Missing Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas from red card suspensions and already dealing with a relatively thin squad — admittedly of Conte’s choice with many sanctioned sales and loans — Chelsea started Andreas Christensen and not-yet 100 percent Tiemoue Bakayoko and pulled out a win against a very good Spurs side. “This is a perfect response of the champions. We won the league last season, winning 30 games, and that is not easy. We lost in the final of the FA Cup. We have arrived in
Ernesto Valverde is determined to move on from the disappointment of losing Neymar and ensure Barcelona make the signings they need in the transfer market. Barca lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a shock world-record €222million move and his absence was noticeable as Barca were humbled in a 5-1 Supercopa de Espana defeat to arch rivals Real Madrid.
West Ham United nearly pulled off a stunning comeback with 10 men, a late concession making Javier Hernandez’s two-goal day a little less sunny. The ex-Manchester United man scored in both halves for his first scoring match day in the Premier League since 2014. The first came after teammate Marko Arnautovic was sent off for an elbow, while Chicharito’s second marker was followed by Southampton earning its second penalty kick of the match when Pablo Zabaleta interfered with Maya Yoshida‘s attempted header in the box. Hernandez was not pleased that the Hammers’ game effort down a man went for nothing on the table. From the BBC: “When you are running most of the game with 10 men, the penalty decision