Chelsea defender says injury problems not an excuse for their poor league form
Marcos Alonso said Chelsea “cannot complain about injuries” despite admitting the congested fixtures have been tough for him personally.
Alonso is currently the only natural left-back in Chelsea’s squad after Ben Chilwell being ruled out for the rest of the season due to a partial ACL tear.
Thomas Tuchel has unsurprisingly relied on him a lot in the last couple of months.
The 31-year-old has featured 13 times in all competitions since the start of December.
Similarly, on the other side of the pitch, Chelsea have also been without their first choice right wing-back, Reece James, in the past few weeks.
Losing these key players was always going to have an impact on the team, but, interestingly, Alonso thinks Chelsea should have enough quality in their squad to cope with these absences.
“There are a lot of games, but I just focus on recovering and getting ready for the next one,” the Spain international said after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City (via Chelsea’s official website).
“It’s tough sometimes, but it’s what we like, to play games, so I’m not going to complain about that.
“The calendar is busy, but it is what it is, and we have no excuses.
“We have a deep squad, so we cannot complain about injuries and try to find excuses. We need to keep working hard.
“We have a lot of great players in this squad so, with determination and a lot of hard training, we can do anything and fight for everything.”
To be fair, aside from these wing-back issues, Chelsea have plenty of options to deal with injuries in other areas.
However, Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system clearly puts a lot of emphasis on wing-back roles, which makes James and Chilwell’s absences even bigger problems.
The Blues have recently recalled Kenedy from his loan spell at Flamengo, and Tuchel seems to consider him as a potential wing-back option.
But even if he joined the first-team squad, Alonso will likely remain Chelsea’s first-choice left-back for the remainder of the season — and some Chelsea fans would not be very happy about that.