It looked like for a hot second that Marcos Alonso would kiss the badge, but in the age of COVID, he must’ve decided that would’ve been laying it on just a bit too thick. Still, as he proudly pointed to and held up the badge above his heart on the shirt in celebration of his spectacular goal, the message was loud and clear. Here to stay, here to play.
“It’s been a while since I played but I’ve been working hard and I’m just happy that I was ready for today. A lot of things have been said out there but I like to work, be quiet and talk on the pitch so that was for the fans. It’s good to get the reward and hopefully there will be more to come.”
It had been almost exactly four months since Alonso’s last taste of action, but the veteran wing-back showed no signs of rust as he fit smoothly into new head coach Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3.
Having been ostracized after his ill-advised moment of unprofessionalism, and with seemingly no chance of redemption since then, Alonso certainly grabbed this long overdue opportunity. To what extent he stays involved might largely depend on whether Tuchel continues with this system, but right now, there seems to be no particular reason to change.
Either way, for Alonso, the key is to play more organized as a team, regardless of specific formation.
“I have more freedom to attack because we are better covered for defending but it’s not about the system. When we play more organised, all together, knowing what to do and where to be on the pitch then this team has great potential to achieve big things.
“We have a long way until the end of the season to show that and prove we deserve a better position in the table than where we are now but we have to fight for it [...] It was good to help the team with a goal but I’m just delighted for the three points and very happy for the team. We need to get back to the top, or as close to the top as possible, and today was a good start.”
-Marcos Alonso; source: Chelsea FC
We’re off to a decent start with Tuchel, but consistency, as ever, will be key.
Meanwhile, it’s Spurs up next and we all know how much Alonso loves playing against Spurs...