Journalist says Lampard made 30-year-old 'stand on the sidelines' in Chelsea training

Marcos Alonso was made to miss out on certain training activities for Chelsea under Frank Lampard, according to Matt Law.

Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, the Telegraph’s Football News Correspondent explained that Alonso was often withdrawn from particularly sessions by the former Chelsea coach.

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Law was asked whether or not part of the reason behind Lampard’s sacking was his inability to manage a large squad or his failure to please certain individuals.

He said: “Lampard was adamant the squad was too big. That it was actually over a long-term period an unmanageable situation that you couldn’t have players who clearly weren’t going to be involved and try and keep them happy. The club disagree on that.

“Alonso is a good example because he came in and scored yesterday. They had three left backs and Alonso became the third choice left back.

“If they played training games, he was made to stand on the side-lines. Or play completely out of position because if they played a training match with two teams there was only space for two left-backs.”

Alonso became a figure head for the frozen-out brigade after playing just three games all season before Lampard’s departure.

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Ben Chilwell and Emerson Palmieri were both ranked above him for the left-back position as the Spaniard apparently searched for an exit.

The induction of Thomas Tuchel has been a blessing for Alonso and the dawn of another Chelsea era also signals a reawakening of the 30-year-old.

Tuchel instantly reinstalled him at wing-back for the Blues 2-0 victory over Burnley. Both player and manager reaped the rewards after Alonso scored the second in quite sumptuous fashion.

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This new system of 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-3 is nothing out of the ordinary for Alonso. He enjoyed great success under Antonio Conte in this formation during Chelsea’s 2016/17 title winning campaign.

Chelsea will now be hoping Alonso can rediscover that form and push on where he left off 4 years ago.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.