Thomas Tuchel tears up Frank Lampard’s rulebook: Marcos Alonso is handed Chelsea recall after being frozen out since SEPTEMBER after row with his old boss over storming off to sit on the team bus
- Marcos Alonso returns to the Chelsea starting XI under new boss Thomas Tuchel
- Alonso had previously been frozen out of the squad by ex-boss Frank Lampard
- The Spanish full-back has not played a minute for the club since September
- Alonso was named as a substitute against Wolves but will start against Burnley
Marcos Alonso has returned to Chelsea’s starting XI under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
The Spanish full-back has not played a single minute for the club since September when he was hooked off by Frank Lampard at half-time against West Brom.
Alonso was selected among the substitutes in Chelsea’s goalless Premier League game against Wolves, but has now been promoted to the starting XI for their clash against Burnley today.
Marcos Alonso has returned to the Chelsea squad under new manager Thomas Tuchel
Alonso was selected among the substitutes in Chelsea’s goalless Premier League game against Wolves, but has now been promoted to the starting XI for their clash against Burnley today
The arrival of Tuchel has proved to be monumental for Alonso – who had become a somewhat forgotten man at Chelsea.
Aside from four appearances on the bench in the Champions League, Alonso had been banished from the first-team squad since the encounter at The Hawthorns which left his manager Lampard furious.
After being subbed he tried to watch the second half from the team bus rather than with his team-mates in the stands.
Having made the decision without the permission of the Chelsea boss, Alonso found himself in hot water with Lampard.
Alonso had previously been frozen out of the squad by former manager Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard (right) reportedly fell out with Alonso following the draw at West Brom
He is understood to have taken a shower and gone to the bus after being hauled off alongside midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who took his place in the stands with the rest of the squad, before then reappearing in the stands a little while later.
Despite Chelsea’s second half comeback, Lampard is understood to have launched a verbal tirade at Alonso in the dressing room at full-time.
Alonso was seen as largely at fault for two of the goals, making it easier for Lampard to freeze him out of the side.
Alonso also fell down the pecking order at Chelsea following the arrival of of Ben Chilwell in the summer.
With the new signing’s taking priority, it has been reported that Alonso was among three players who ’caused issues’ for the Lampard prior to his sacking.
Alonso’s first season at Chelsea in 2016-17 saw him help the club lift the Premier League title
It is believed Rudiger, Alonso and Jorginho all contributed to the sacking of Lampard
It is believed Rudiger, Alonso and Jorginho all contributed to the downfall of Lampard at Chelsea.
Rudiger removal seemed to have fractured team morale as he ‘clashed’ with captain Cesar Azpilicueta on more than one occasion on the training ground.
Rudiger returned to the Lampard’s starting XI for his final two league games as boss – a narrow win at Fulham and then defeat at Leicester – but it proved too little too late.
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