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Marcos Alonso has admitted he’s enjoying his new role under Maurizio Sarri.

Alonso told El Pais: “Things are working really well with Sarri. I am very happy and with Luis Enrique I can see many similarities.

“It’s modern football – having the ball, controlling the game, and being well positioned when you lose possession. Both when you defend and when you attack it needs to be about possession and positioning is vital. The Chelsea training sessions are like the Spain ones – possession, bringing the ball out, lots of similar concepts.

“People were used to see me in a 3-5-2 because in Fiorentina that was also where I played. But the hard thing was to adapt to that when I arrived in Italy.

“I had played in a back-four, at Real Madrid Castilla and at Bolton. This is me going back to my natural position. I’m very happy with Sarri’s new system. I am just as happy or even happier than I was in Conte’s 3-5-2.

“Perhaps with Conte I was closer to the other team’s goal. He liked both wingbacks to get very high up the pitch. Now it is more about the element of surprise, arriving from deep and doing it when the other fullback has not gone forward. It depends on how the game is going. If the team needs help then we take more risks.”

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