Marcos Alonso is living proof that anything can go very quickly in football. Announced on the departure of Chelsea this summer, the 30-year-old left-back did not really seem to fit into Thomas Tuchel’s plans, especially since he was more part of a rotation perspective last season (17 games in the total, including 10 appearances out of 19 possible since the arrival of the German coach). Throughout the summer transfer window 2021, the Spanish international (3 capes) was therefore cited among the occupants of the departures wagon from Stamford Bridge, going so far as to be cited as a bargaining chip in the possible transfer of Jules Koundé. (Sevilla) at Chelsea.
But now, the train left London without him and Marcos Alonso was able to put his back to the new 2021-2022 financial year in the best possible way. The observation is simple: since the start of the season, the player trained at Real Madrid has started all the matches played by the Blues (Premier League, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, where he transformed his shot on goal against Villarreal). In 7 games, Marcos Alonso scored a goal (a sumptuous free kick at the opening of the championship against Crystal Palace, 3-0) and delivered an assist (during the 3-0 success on the pitch at Tottenham on Sunday). He could have even gone from his goal if Lloris of a nice off-center volley that forced Lloris to perform a reflex tap during the derby against Spurs, a match where he once again shone.
Marcos Alonso took over Ben Chilwell
But more than in the statistics, Marcos Alonso impresses especially by his slaughter in his left lane, in the role of piston oh so precious in the system in 3-4-3 of Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea number 3, who was among the 6 nominated for the Premier League player of the month title in August, seems to have found what was his strength, especially under the orders of Antonio Conte. Some media even go so far as to say that it has now reached a higher level.
The main concerned was able to take advantage of the late return of Ben Chilwell (recruited for € 50 million in Leicester in the summer of 2020) after Euro 2020 to take his marks and convince Thomas Tuchel to maintain his confidence in him. “When he (Chilwell) came back, Marcos Alonso had five weeks of pre-season in his legs. He played the first games after a fantastic pre-season. He was just a lot more physically prepared which was natural because of the training sessions and his fantastic matches ”, TT justified there is little about its left side.
Thomas Tuchel’s new base man
In his role of winger, Marcos Alonso feasts and feasts. Since the beginning of the year, he has already sent 34 centers in the league, without forgetting that he actively participates in the offensive animation of his team with many calls repeated. He also does not hesitate to transplant in the axis when the game requires it, nor to come to bring the excess and the danger in the opposing surface. Defensively, he is also very involved, as evidenced by his 70% successful tackles, or his 11 interceptions, 12 clearances and 27 interceptions in the Premier League.
All these reasons mean that Marcos Alonso went, in the space of just a few weeks, from a simple replacement to one of Thomas Tuchel’s base men playing a major role in the start of the season for the reigning European champions. . While a new shock is brewing on the side of Stamford Bridge with the reception of Manchester City this Saturday (1:30 p.m., to follow live commented on FM), the disheveled-haired man will be sure to remind us of why he has been a Chelsea player for more than five years now and that he holds the firm intention of defending his starting place which he regained brilliantly.