Watch me get even better, says Chelsea ace Alonso as Blues head in to Champions League clash

Marcos Alonso has enjoyed a glory-filled year as a Chelsea player. Now the impressive left wing-back has a message for boss Antonio Conte: I am going to get even better!

Spain ace Alonso, 26, gets back in the action for the Blues tomorrow night when they host Azerbaijani side Qarabag in the opening game of the Champions League campaign for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

And reflecting on a superb 12 months, the former Florentina defender said: “I think it’s been a very positive year. In my first season we had a very good championship in the Premier League and a good run in the FA Cup as well, where we were unlucky not to win the final. I think I’ve improved a lot in that time and I’m becoming a better player every day.

“We work hard here and we have a lot of ambition to win every title, and I think that is also positive for my growth as a player. I’ve always dreamed of fighting for every title, and I always worked for that. Obviously, playing for Chelsea, I’m closer to winning these things.”

Meanwhile, team-mate Gary Cahill, suspended for the last three Premier League games, says he is desperate to mix it once more with the elite of European football; Chelsea will come up against both Atletico Madrid and Roma in the group stages.

He said: “I’m delighted to be back and available for selection. It was a disappointing first game for me but that’s in the past and now I’m itching to play, and looking forward to getting back involved with the squad.

“The most frustrating thing is not being able to play, and with the internationals it’s been a long time that I’ve been out, but all you can do is try to influence the lads and train as hard as you can because they have important fixtures to prepare for, so you’re involved in that process. It’s frustrating but it’s about the team doing well and they’ve done very well of late.

“We’re working very well and building momentum by getting results. We realise we have a lot of games coming up this month and we know how important the squad is going to be, but we want to keep building momentum and that continues tomorrow with a big game for us.”