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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel started Marcos Alonso as left wing-back ahead of Ben Chilwell for Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday.
Tuchel has now explained why Alonso and not Chilwell started the game against Burnley.
“We had a reason,” Tuchel said.
“It wasn’t that we were unhappy with Chilly, absolutely not. We opted for a bit more size for defending set-pieces, and I know from the time of Antonio Conte Marcos is used to playing this role. He has good timing for arriving in the box.
“We are very happy he could score the second goal which finished the game. It’s not easy when you haven’t played for a long time, but he did very well.”
Alonso had not played a game for Chelsea since he was substituted at half-time in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw against West Brom in September and he marked his return to the Chelsea team with a goal against Burnley.