Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso believes that three players made a big difference in the win over Brentford Wednesday.
Marcos Alonso has pinpointed the three players who made the all important difference during Chelsea’s 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final win over Brentford on Wednesday.
Chelsea went into the game on the back of just one win in their last five games against West Ham United, Zenit St Petersburg, Leeds United, Everton and Wolves.
First-team regulars Romelu Lukaku, Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante have all missed at least one game during that poor run, with injuries and a Covid-19 outbreak wreaking havoc throughout their squad.
With some of those stars still missing, coupled with a busy festive schedule, Tuchel decided to name a relatively inexperienced line-up for the clash against their west London rivals.
After struggling to get into the game, the German boss opted to bring Jorginho and Christian Pulisic off the bench at half-time, before further improving his team with the introductions of Kante, Reece James and Mason Mount shortly after the hour mark.
The substitutes seemed to revitalise the west London club, who took the lead in the 80th minute through a Pontus Jansson own goal, before doubling there lead when Jorginho scored from the penalty spot after Pulisic was brought down in the box by Bees keeper Alvaro Fernandez.
And Alonso, who also hailed the work of the younger players, admitted that the impacts of Kante, James and Mount changed the momentum of the match.
‘Yes definitely [they made the difference], I think it was like the last push with the help from the guys from the bench, a good win, a good performance as well,’ he said.
‘It was not easy for the fans to get here given the conditions, but it was a great win and a great atmosphere as well.’
When asked how tough it has been to play in recent weeks given the pandemic, the Spain international added: ‘It’s just difficult when you play so many games, with so many players with the pandemic going out it’s a little bit uncertain.
‘But it is what it is, we have to stick together now even if the results weren’t the best in the last few games, we have to keep pushing and doing out thing and hopefully we will get the results and move back to the top.