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Marcos Alonso has started the season in stellar form after his man of the match performance against Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal legend Martin keown has admitted he’s shocked at what Alonso has turned into since signing for Chelsea last summer.

“The key to their performance was Marcos Alonso. It is astonishing how Antonio Conte is getting these fantastic performances from him,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“When Chelsea were losing against Burnley on the opening day, Alonso was the player who seemed most determined to drag his side back into the game.

“Alonso was their driving force again at Wembley — he takes it upon himself to push his team forwards. When Chelsea got that free-kick you could see David Luiz step aside for Alonso — he knew his team-mate could hit it.

“Last season he put in decent performances for Chelsea but now he is their match-winner.

“On Sunday, Tottenham did not have a player who offered similar inspiration.”

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