Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Southampton on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso insists Chelsea must get all three points against Southampton.
Chelsea have won our last two Premier League games while Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal have all dropped points in the same period. Alonso wants Chelsea to continue winning to ensure we capitalize on rivals dropping points. With Liverpool visiting Manchester City on Wednesday, one or both teams are expected to drop points.
A win against Southampton on Wednesday would be Maurizio Sarri’s third straight win in the Premier League since the loss to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues will regain our five-point advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal with a win over Southampton on Wednesday.
“It’s very difficult. You don’t have time for training, you can only play and have a good rest to get ready for the next one,” Alonso told Chelsea TV.
“We’re seeing in the other fixtures it’s very difficult. Most of the teams are dropping points.
“It’s very important to get the three points.”
Chelsea struggled to create chances against a very compact Crystal Palace defence in our 1-0 win at Selhurst Park on Sunday and Alonso insists patience is needed against teams that sit deep and just defend.
Alonso added: “We have to be even more patient, move the ball from side to side to create spaces to attack them.”
N’Golo Kante scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace on Sunday. David Luiz found Kante with a lofted pass over the defence of Crystal Palace, with the midfielder controlling with his chest and scoring.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is impressed with Kante’s movement for the goal against Crystal Palace and he insists he wants to see more of such movements from Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Sarri admitted Loftus-Cheek is good with the ball on his feet but he wants the midfielder to improve on his movement when not with the ball.
Sarri believes the movement of midfielders is important when playing against teams that defend very deep.
“It’s about the movement of the midfielders,” Sarri said.
“It’s very important for us when we have to play against opponents very low, where the strikers and wingers find it hard to find space.
“We have to work on Loftus and Barkley on this. Loftus, especially, is a very great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.”