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Marcos Alonso was frozen out of the team under Frank Lampard, as the Spaniard didn’t suit Lampard’s 4-3-3 system.
However, new boss Thomas Tuchel has reverted to a 3-4-2-1 system, and has gone back to the use of wing-backs, a system that suits Alonso perfectly.
The 30-year-old looks a reborn player under Tuchel, and former Manchester City right-back Micah Richards believes that the left wing-back can indeed be the one to create havoc for Chelsea.
“When I played with him at Fiorentina he could play as one of those in a three at the back or as one of the wing-backs,” Richards told BBC Sport.
“I like him in this position, the wing-back role, because he always gets into these areas [the penalty area] causing havoc.
“He is one of the fittest players I have ever played with. He gives the ball and always goes on the outside. He has got great quality, a good left foot in terms of his technique and the way he plays the ball.
“But he always runs into this space, here [into the left side of the penalty area]. If you look at this for a finish [Alonso’s goal against Burnley], it is technically amazing.
“He has the composure to bring it down, one touch, two touch and the third one puts it in the back of the net.
“Under Tuchel, he will be a vital player, because he can play in so many positions.”