Chelsea returned to winning ways and in convincing fashion on Saturday evening with a comfortable 3-1 win over Leicester City.
Last season’s Champions continued to struggle and put in a very poor performance as Claudio Ranieri attempted to match the league leaders 3 at the back formation. But it didn’t work at all, and Chelsea took control of the game with left-back Marcos Alonso with two of the goals.
Alonso has not had too much praise since he joined Chelsea in the summer, with many suggesting that he was one of the weak links in the team, a team that has been incredibly strong, to be fair.
Playing on the left-hand side of the midfield 4, Alonso showed that he has plenty to offer in attack against Leicester, scoring two goals and putting in a very accomplished all-round performance.
Alonso won 4 aerial duels, 3 interceptions, 2 tackles and made 2 clearances, showing that he also put in a near flawless defensive display. Playing as a left wing back, you could forgive Alonso for not being too involved in the game, but he was completely the opposite, wanting to play his part in every phase of the play, making a huge 104 touches, only Matic (112) made more on the pitch. No Leicester player made more than 62.
Here’s how some fans reacted to Alonso’s performance on Twitter.
Nathan Ake's been back at Chelsea for one week, and suddenly Marcos Alonso has turned into Roberto Carlos.
— – (@YourChelseaFC) January 14, 2017
— Josh McMillan (@JTFIFA7) January 14, 2017
Can remember the scepticism with which Marcos Alonso's arrival at Chelsea was met.Fiorentina fans +Conte knew what Chelsea were getting #cfc
— Adam Summerton (@adamsummerton) January 14, 2017
Marcos Alonso was on fire today.
— Malcolm Omego (@DjDirtyBizness) January 14, 2017
Ake was recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth and he was reportedly going to be an alternative to Alonso – as well as being an option at central defence. Alonso’s best performance in a Chelsea came a few days after Ake was recalled, perhaps showing that competition for places really does bring out the best in players!
It was, of course a brilliant performance from Alonso on the night, but he will need to deliver these kind of performances more regularly if he is to justify his hefty price tag and keep the ever-improving Nathan Ake out of the side.