Chelsea travel to Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League and should be expected to pick up three points against a team currently occupying a relegation spot.
But the Blues did lose to Everton before the international break and currently sit sixth in the league table.
Manager Maurizio Sarri can’t afford to be complacent against a physical Cardiff team that also posses plenty of pace in wide areas.
Chelsea simply shouldn’t risk starting Marcos Alonso at left-back in the league fixture, as his form has been inconsistent all season and he would be a sitting target against Cardiff.
It makes sense for the Welsh club to try hit Chelsea on the counter attack, with their great pace out wide with the likes of Josh Murphy, Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Alonso has usually struggled to deal with quick wingers during his time at Stamford Bridge and would certainly be exposed on the counter.
The 28-year-old Spaniard is far better going forward and that is why there are concerns over him as a full-back in a traditional back four.
Emerson Palmieri would be a much better option for Chelsea at left-back, as he’s got the speed to make recovery runs and has looked the more dependable of the pair this campaign.