GARY NEVILLE: CHELSEA LOOKED IMBALANCED WITHOUT ALONSO

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Chelsea lost two key players in the buildup to the game against Manchester United, as Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso were unavailable for the game.

Alonso was named in the starting lineup but pulled out of the game due to injury, and Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Chelsea looked a different team without the Spaniard.

“If they’d have lost Hazard and Costa and come here to lose I’d say fair enough,” he said.

“They’ve lost Alonso, are they that finely tuned that they lose a left-back, he’s a decent left back but he’s not Roberto Carlos! And we’re saying that basically they can just fall apart?

“It did imbalance them without the left-foot of Alonso, there is no doubt about that.”

“A little bit worrying that it does though, one injury to your outfield player, that was the perfect Chelsea team apart from one player.”

Chelsea missed Alonso – that’s a fact. But the loss was more about Chelsea’s lack of aggression to win the second balls and not the personnel involved. We’ve played games without key players and still won, so Neville can take a chill pill.

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