Marcos Alonso has settled well into the wing-back role given to him, achieving balance between attack and defence and with his equivalent on the right-hand side, Victor Moses.
They face plenty of important games and Hull City are the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Antonio Conte’s side looking to build on last weekend’s impressive 3-0 win at Leicester.
Alonso scored two goals in one game for the first time in his career when he played at the King Power Stadium. He and Moses caused the home side a number of problems with their attacking play.
‘I think it is a good balance for the team,’ Alonso told Chelsea’s official email newsletter. ‘There was no need for us to talk to each other before about what we were going to do. A lot of games he goes more forward and I maybe stay more at the back, but that also depends on how the other team plays and it's good to have variation and different options.
‘Victor is doing a great job and hopefully we can keep helping the team as we have been doing in the previous games.’
Alonso made his full debut for the Blues in the reverse fixture against Hull back in October, and has started every Premier League game since.
The Spaniard believes the fact he played in a similar role during his time in Italy has helped him settle into Conte’s favoured 3-4-3 formation quickly.
‘It's not so different from how I was used to playing at Fiorentina, so it was easy to adapt when I first came here, but there are some different aspects that we have been working on with the manager,’ he says. ‘But I think it's not too far from the football I played last year.’
Sunday’s game is the first of two at home in a week, with an FA Cup fourth round tie against Brentford to follow next Saturday.
Next up in the Premier League, after Hull, is a trip to Liverpool on 31 January, and a win against Marco Silva’s side would set us up nicely for a huge game at Anfield.
‘The team is playing very well and we've just got to keep it going and think game by game, not think about games in the past or how we did last week,’ says Alonso.
‘Every week we have a new challenge and we have to face each of them with 100 per cent focus to stay at the top of the table.’
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