Marcos Alonso did something he's never done before in his career and something that's only ever been done by two other defenders in Chelsea history. Only John Terry (against Fulham in April 2013) and Branislav Ivanović (against Aston Villa in March 2012) have managed to score two goals in a single Premier League game for the Blues. Not bad company, two of the greatest goal-scoring defenders in Premier League history, for Alonso.
No one expected this, least of all Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
"We were expecting something special from Hazard, Pedro or Willian and maybe we didn't expect Alonso to score the goals. But that's football when you play against big champions."
-Claudio Ranieri; source: Leicester City
Ranieri was hardly alone in his praise for the Chelsea left wing-back, who's put recent criticisms and a potentially nagging leg injury firmly behind him with this most impactful performance — especially in the absence of Diego Costa and his expected goals. Maybe he was spurred on by the potential competition from Nathan Aké. Perhaps he just got lucky. Either way, it was quite fantastic.
Talking to Chelsea TV afterwards, Alonso reflected on the momentous occasion.
"I used to play more forward but in my senior career it is the first time I have scored a brace. I was unlucky not to score again but I am very happy to help the team by scoring goals and I am delighted with the win."
"We played okay in the first half, the manager asked us to give more in the second half and I think the team played very well after the break. We controlled the game and scored another two goals. Against a good team, it was important to bounce back from that defeat against Tottenham and the team showed that we are not afraid and we are going to fight for every game."
"There have been a couple of tough weeks after the Tottenham defeat but I think we didn't play a bad game there and against Leicester, we showed we are still fighting. We have to keep working hard to get another win next week."
-Marcos Alonso; source: Chelsea FC
On to the next one!