Tuchel praised for making 2 changes to Lampard’s Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been praised for making two important changes to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has praised Tuchel for bringing back Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso into the Chelsea team.

Both players scored as Chelsea beat Burnley 2-0 on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

“Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge against Wolves after the departure of Frank Lampard was a rather cautious affair. Not so against Burnley. The Blues took the handbrake off against the Clarets, Cesar Azpilicueta in particular,” Crooks wrote in his column for BBC Sport.

“The Chelsea captain played his part in both fixtures but his goal against Burnley was quite outstanding. Azpilicueta’s determination to cover the ground in order to receive the pass from Callum Hudson-Odoi was compelling.

“It also makes you question why Frank Lampard left the full-back out of the side for so long.”

On Alonso, he said: “It never ceases to amaze me that when a new manager comes in players who were previously out of favour suddenly come into focus. Marcos Alonso has hardly featured for Chelsea this season but scored what can only be described as an Alonso classic.

“New manager Thomas Tuchel seems to have dispensed with any notion of Alonso defending and got the player concentrating on using his magical left foot to great effect.

“Whatever Tuchel’s reason for bringing players like Alonso back, it will certainly give the English players in the club a reality check.”

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