Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has urged the Blues to be more consistent ahead of the Premier League clash with Arsenal later today.
A victory over Arsenal today would take us nine points clear of the fifth-placed Gunners, establishing a healthy cushion at this stage of the campaign.
Alonso scored the winner when Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and he is hoping for more of the same when we visit The Emirates Stadium later today.
“They have had more work under the new manager [since our last meeting],” Alonso told Chelsea’s official website. “They’ve had some very good games, playing good football and creating a lot of chances, so we will have to defend very well and hopefully it will be a good game and we will get the three points.
“The other teams are winning as well so we need to find a little bit more consistency to have a good run in the league and get closer to the top.”
“The atmosphere in the changing room has always been great,” Alonso added. “There have been good and bad moments but the best way to enjoy your football is to win and that’s what we have to fight for.
“We need to work hard and try to keep winning games, then for sure we will enjoy the rest of the season.
“It’s hard because the two top teams are doing very well and we are a bit further behind, but we just have to go game by game, try to get the points and then we will see at the end of the season.”
Alonso has scored three times against Arsenal but has scored just once this season.
“It’s not easy to work on scoring,” Alonso added. “You can practise finishing but you have to be in the right place and that’s something you cannot train.
“This year, with the way we’re playing, it’s not easy for me to get close to the goal to score. I’ve had some chances, I’ve only scored one, and then there was the own-goal against Newcastle, when their guy touched the ball on the goal-line, but I’ve hit the post around five times so I think I’ve been unlucky and I’m sure more goals will come.
“It’s maybe different from my last experience in Fiorentina, and here in the previous two years, but I think I’ve played like this a lot of times in my career. In Spain I played with four at the back, trying to keep the ball so it’s not something different.”