The Spain full-back has been praised for keeping his head down and finding his way back into the Blues’ starting XI.
Marcos Alonso’s father says the Chelsea star “learned” a valuable lesson after a test period under Frank Lampard which saw him lose his place in the squad.
Alonso has been reduced to a small role in Lampard’s setup following Ben Chilwell’s arrival at Stamford Bridge from Leicester City last summer, with Emerson Palmieri also vying for a left-back spot.
However, Thomas Tuchel brought the Spaniard back from the cold after replacing Lampard in January, and his father believes Alonso deserved a reminder by staying positive and working hard behind the scenes.
What was said?
“It’s football. It’s very difficult for you to have everything going well for so long, ”said Marcos Alonso Sr. Goal while discussing his son’s struggles in the first half of the season.
“He’s been a professional for 10 years and these things happen. You have to learn from all this. And he learned.
“The important thing is that, even without playing, Marcos continued to work, train and do the right thing. And, when another coach came and trusted him, those were the results. “
How did Alonso play under Tuchel?
Alonso had his first minutes since September in a Premier League clash with Burnley on January 31, and he marked the occasion by scoring a thunderous volley that closed a 2-0 win for the Blues.
The 30-year-old started in four of Chelsea’s next five appearances in all competitions, adding an extra dimension to Tuchel’s attack in a winger role that allows him to advance to the final third.
However, Alonso gave his worst performance under Tuchel in a 1-1 draw with Southampton this weekend, and his place could be in jeopardy when the Blues face Atletico Madrid in a Champions League draw. Tuesday evening.
The big picture
After investing £ 50million ($ 70million) in Chilwell’s talents last year, that money is going to be wasted with the England international currently sitting on the bench week after week.
Alonso will need to prove that he can deliver the goods consistently both on offense and defense to continue to keep Chilwell out of the squad.