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Emerson Palmieri started the season as Chelsea’s first choice left-back, but the Italy international has been out of the team for a long time now due to injury.
In his place, Marcos Alonso has impressed for Chelsea and continued his impressive performance by scoring a crucial goal that gave Chelsea the win against a difficult Newcastle side.
The competition for places in Frank Lampard’s squad is really high as there seems to be options in every section for the manager, and Alonso has revealed that the competition is helping the team perform better.
Alonso said: “We have many options in the team and this is good. The team is getting better, we are improving game by game and we need to continue in this way.
“We are moving the ball quickly, our press is good and we are doing a good job as a team. We have clear ideas and we have to continue in this way.”
The 28-year-old Spaniard then spoke about the importance of the win coming off the international break and he emphasised that team’s hard work is eventually paying off with results as Chelsea secured a fifth consecutive win in all competitions.
Alonso said: “It was very important to win after the international break,” he admitted. “We played with a lot of patience and at the end we got the goal, we kept grafting and got a good reward
“It’s a new season with new staff and there’s room for improvement but since the beginning we have improved a lot. We need to keep focused on each game and work hard in training.”