SARRI REVEALS WHY HE HASN’T PLAYED EMERSON AHEAD OF ALONSO

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Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso started the season well and was only recently rewarded with a new long-term contract having been one of Chelsea’s best players in recent seasons.

However, Alonso’s form has been called into question, as the Spain international has struggled since the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham. Alonso was hauled off in the second-half against Fulham after another bad display, and he was poor again against Wolves.

There have been calls for second choice left-back Emerson Palmieri to play against Manchester City, with Alonso in terrible form with his lack of pace causing problems in the team.

Emerson joined Chelsea in a £17.6 million deal from Roma in the January transfer window, and has only appeared in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League under Sarri this season.

Sarri has now revealed that he is worried about Alonso’s form and has admitted that Emerson is a good option, but there’s a reason why Alonso is important in the team.

Sarri said in his press conference: “In the last period Alonso didn’t play a lot. He wasn’t in the national team during the last international break. The minutes aren’t very high for him, he played in all 14 league matches but not in the Europa League or Carabao Cup. In the national team he played only one match.

“He didn’t play well against Fulham, he played better in the first half at Wolves and had a difficult second half. I need to understand because for me he’s not tired. I have to see the last training session.

“Of course, Emerson is a good option. I have to consider some details. For example, without Alonso we could have problems at set-pieces so I have to consider everything.”

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