Tuchel confirms player left out of Everton win after requesting to leave Chelsea
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Marcos Alonso was left out of Saturday’s win over Everton due to an expected transfer.
The Blues secured a 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park and started their Premier League campaign with three points.
The Premier League’s new rules meant that Tuchel could name nine substitutions and use five of them during the game, which the manager did.
Young talents Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja made their first Chelsea appearances under Tuchel in the game, and so did new signing Marc Cucurella.
However, Alonso, who has been Tuchel’s first-choice left-back in the last several months was surprisingly not in the squad.
According to Tuchel, he left the Spain international out after the player made a transfer request to leave Chelsea.
“He tried to leave, and we agreed to his wish,” Tuchel said about Alonso’s absence during the post-match press conference (via The Athletic).
“It would make no sense to put him on the pitch today. In this situation, it was the right thing to do.”
Recent reports suggest that the 31-year-old is close to joining Barcelona and has already agreed personal terms with the Catalan club.
Fortunately for Tuchel, he already had Ben Chilwell, who played an important role against Everton for winning the decisive penalty, and Cucurella, who was registered in time for the trip.