Thomas Tuchel Explained Why Alonso Got The Nod Over Chilwell

Marcos Alonso earned high praise for his goal against Burnley.

Chelsea won 2-0 over the Clarets off of strikes from Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.

After being completely frozen out by Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel handed Alonso a rare start in his favoured wing-back position.

When asked why Alonso started the game, Tuchel replied, “We had a reason. It wasn’t that we were unhappy with (Ben Chilwell), absolutely not. We opted for a bit more size for defending set-pieces, and I know from the time of Antonio Conte Marcos is used to playing this role. He has good timing for arriving in the box.

“We are very happy he could score the second goal which finished the game. It’s not easy when you haven’t played for a long time, but he did very well.”

Chelsea climbed up to seventh after last night’s win level on points with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur. Tuchel’s change in tactics is seeing some new faces reappear in the starting line-up. For example, Jorginho has started both games under the German boss and so has Azpilicueta.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is filled into an advanced wing-back role quite well and has been Chelsea’s best creative outlet in the past two games. Perhaps, Alonso’s future at Stamford Bridge is not quite done just yet.

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