We’ve often joked over the years that Marcos Alonso could very well be Chelsea’s best striker if we actually played him as one, and considering that he now has as many Premier League goals to his name in the Tuchel Era as Timo Werner, and just one less than Werner, Olivier Giroud, and Tammy Abraham combined, it once again proves the old adage that a lot of truth is said in jest.
Alonso’s goals also tend to arrive at most crucial times — 10 of his 21 league goals total for Chelsea have come against Spurs (3), Arsenal (3), Leicester (2), and the two Manchesters (1 each) — and that was certainly the case last night as he bundled in the winning goal in stoppage time by way of a deflection off his own standing leg and a helpful boost from Callum Hudson-Odoi as well, who jokingly claimed the goal on Instagram afterwards as well.
“I think [Callum] kicked my foot. But at the end of the day, it’s the goal that counts whoever scores it and the three points for us are the most important thing.”
Having barely sniffed the pitch in the first-half of the season, especially after falling out with Lampard, Alonso’s been one of several players to get a new lease on life under Tuchel. While he remains a backup to Ben Chilwell, he continues to remind of his usefulness and quality in a wing-back setup even at age 30, and his commitment to the team remains the same as it ever was as well, judging by the emotional reaction to the winner.
“I’m very happy, especially because it’s been a tough season. I do my best every time I play to put pressure on the manager and try to play more.
“That’s what I want and I think every time I play I’ve done well so that’s what I need to keep doing. With the goal today, it was very emotional and I’m very happy for that.”
Alonso’s been linked with an exit this summer, and if this is to be his last season at the Bridge after half a decade, he just might help us go out on the highest of high notes.
“This was a very important three points for us because we are fighting for a top three spot. It was an important win and a big step to secure the top four position. We still have three games to go and we need to keep thinking game by game, trying to work hard to keep getting results.”
“The team is doing great and we need to keep working hard because the best is still to come.”
-Marcos Alonso; source: Chelsea FC
So say we all.