Thomas Tuchel responds to Chelsea injury scare over Marcos Alonso
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel denies Marcos Alonso injury concerns
According to football.london, in response to questions in the post-match interview, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said Marcos Alonso was not injured and his replacement was part of the game plan. Romelu Lukaku’s brace was not enough to secure the Blues’ three points as Conor Coady’s stoppage-time equalizer silenced Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea started well in the first half, enjoying most of the possession and even scoring two goals which were ruled out by VAR. Similar to the first half, Chelsea started the second half well and quickly took the lead thanks to two early goals from Lukaku.
The Belgian’s first goal was a penalty and the second was a superb finish from 27 yards out after Wolves gave up possession in a dangerous area. Todd Boehly watched from the stands and might have been delighted to see his side win, however, it only lasted until the 79th minute as Wolves came back into the game.
The goal gave Wolves impetus to seek an equaliser. They had Chelsea on the ropes and it finally paid off in stoppage time. Much to the chagrin of Chelsea fans, they are now just a point clear of fourth-placed Arsenal.
Tuchel responded regarding the team’s performance and Alonso’s injury cry
Asked about the team’s performance against Stamford Bridge, Tuchel appeared enraged and displeased. He even ignored Lukaku’s excellent performance, choosing to focus on the failure of the team rather than the individuals; he viewed the draw as a loss.
“It’s not about falling too low. It’s about structure, where you lose the ball, and individual positions, and then the opponent takes a crazy approach because they have nothing to lose. We couldn’t score the third, huge chances to score the third. We don’t even create big chances because the pass is missing, the dribbling is bad and the decision is bad. At one point we played like we were 2-0 down, so I don’t think we went too deep, on the contrary.
Marcos Alonso was replaced in the 46th minute by Saul Iniguez. Fortunately, the defender was unhurt and the substitution was more tactical than forced. Given that Ben Chilwell is already injured, Tychel’s revelation is good news.
“Marcos wasn’t injured, it was just a decision we made.”
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If Alonso had been injured, Chelsea would have struggled to advance in the season. Tuchel’s choices for left-backs have reportedly been limited. We need Alonso for our FA Cup tie against Liverpool later this month so it’s great news he’s not injured.
After yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Wolves, the players must now focus on securing three points ahead of the FA Cup tie. Then we will be more confident for the final.