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Chelsea manager Tuchel explains selecting Alonso over Chilwell

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has lauded Marcos Alonso after his goal in Sunday's win over Burnley.

Having been frozen out by former manager Frank Lampard, the Spaniard started his first match since September against the Clarets.

And Tuchel was rewarded for his faith when Alonso fired in Chelsea's second in the final ten minutes.

Asked why Alonso started the game, Tuchel replied:"We had a reason. It wasn't that we were unhappy with (Ben Chilwell), absolutely not. We opted for a bit more size for defending set-pieces, and I know from the time of Antonio Conte Marcos is used to playing this role. He has good timing for arriving in the box.

"We are very happy he could score the second goal which finished the game. It's not easy when you haven't played for a long time, but he did very well."



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