Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has opened up about his struggles for minutes this season, particularly prior to Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.
When Ben Chilwell completed his big-money transfer from Leicester City last summer, Frank Lampard pretty much established that he was the number one left-back.
To be fair, Alonso and Emerson Palmieri’s inconsistent performances in 2019/20 were arguably the reason behind Chilwell’s signing in the first place.
But Alonso fell behind both Chilwell and Emerson in the pecking order, and it might have had something to do with his poor relationship with Lampard.
Fallout with Lampard
In September last year, the 30-year-old was subjected to a dressing down by Frank Lampard, as initially reported by The Athletic.
Alonso, who was hooked at half-time in the eventual 3-3 draw with West Brom, tried to watch the second half on the team coach rather than with the other substitues.
Lampard was unsurprisingly not pleased.
That one mistake might have cost Alonso’s his place in the team. He did not make any appearance for Chelsea under Lampard since.
Alonso’s return came over four months later, against Burnley in Tuchel’s second game in charge.
While Chilwell has reclaimed the first-choice left-back since, Alonso is clearly happy to even have a second chance.
Thankful for chances under Tuchel
“This season I didn’t play as much as I wanted,” the defender told Chelsea TV.
“But when Thomas came, I had my chances and played some good games.
“I was happy to be back helping the team on the pitch.
“The hardest part is to be training every day, doing good in training, keeping fit, and seeing you don’t get a lot of minutes.
“But [I’m] happy things change after a while, and that’s what keeps [me going] during the tough times.”