Chelsea star likes ‘knowing what to do’ in unsubtle Lampard dig

Will Ford

Marcos Alonso says Chelsea have the “potential to achieve great things” when the team “know what to do” in a thinly veiled jibe at Frank Lampard

The left-back was frozen out by Lampard after the 3-3 draw with West Brom at the start of the season with summer signing Ben Chilwell taking his place.

But Alonso returned to the starting lineup for Thomas Tuchel’s second game in charge and scored a brilliant goal in the 2-0 win over Burnley.

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And the 30-year-old spoke to Chelsea’s official website after his return to the side: “We knew it would be dangerous against this team with the long balls and set-pieces so I was there to help. It’s been a while since I played but I’ve been working hard and I’m just happy that I was ready.

“A lot of things have been said out there but I like to work, be quiet and talk on the pitch so that was for the fans. It’s good to get the reward and hopefully there will be more to come.

“It was good to help the team with a goal but I’m just delighted for the three points and very happy for the team. We need to get back to the top, or as close to the top as possible, and today was a good start.”

Alonso then went on to explain how he and Chelsea are benefitting from Tuchel’s tactical organisation in an unsubtle dig at Lampard.

“I have more freedom to attack because we are better covered for defending but it’s not about the system,” Alonso added. “When we play more organised, all together, knowing what to do and where to be on the pitch then this team has great potential to achieve big things.

“We have a long way until the end of the season to show that and prove we deserve a better position in the table than where we are now but we have to fight for it.”