'A great player': Marcos Alonso hails Chelsea teammate who did something 'perfect' in Leicester draw

Marcos Alonso has showered Chelsea teammate Reece James with praise after yesterday’s 1-1 home draw against Leicester City.

Reece James’ assist to Marcos Alonso for his goal earned the Blues a point in the penultimate match of the Premier League season.

Thomas Tuchel’s side all-but secured third in the league table with Thursday night’s result, so can have a free hit at Sunday’s game against Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s Alonso hailed his opposite wing-back yesterday for his “perfect” assist.

“Reece is a great player and I am grateful for the assist. When they put the ball to the left I always try to be there, I arrived at the last moment and put it at the near post. It was a perfect ball from Reece,” Alonso said.

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Reece James’ assist to Marcos Alonso

It was a familiar story for Chelsea of two wing-backs inspiring a goal in the final third for them.

James, 22, was the provider with a lofted through ball over the Leicester defence into the path of his teammate. 31-year-old Alonso then perfectly capitalised with a thunderous finish to highlight his quality. It’s no surprise really to hear Alonso jokingly say he wouldn’t mind playing striker on the weekend.

Alonso’s certainly a decent squad player that’s done well at times in the XI this campaign, but there’s no doubt Ben Chilwell’s absence at left wing-back has massively been felt this season.

It feels like there’s been a drop off in the level of performances ever since Chilwell sustained an injury back in November.

Let’s hope to see England duo James and Chilwell in full flow again looking ahead to next season.

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