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Alonso: Doing what big teams do

Match-winner Marcos Alonso analysed Saturday’s success over Southampton and explained the Chelsea team were in the driving seat for the greater part of the contest, despite the narrow margin of victory.  

It was the Spaniard’s perfectly placed free-kick, his 10th goal for the club, which gave the Blues the lead moments before half-time and ultimately our second win of the week, but he and his colleagues were anticipating a stiff challenge from the south-coast side who had five changes to their team and points to prove after slipping to a heavy home defeat to Leicester three days earlier.

‘We knew after this game it was going to be even harder for us [against Southampton] so great character and it was a very good performance,’ said Alonso.

‘We had control of the game through the 90 minutes. We tried to score the second to finish the game but the ball didn’t want to go in. However 1-0 was enough.

‘We had to stay together and defend well and it was a very good game. It was a very good minute to score and I am happy to help the team get the three points. I had another couple of chances and I was a bit unlucky. The ball came to my right foot which is not my stronger one.’

The 26-year admitted that it is frustrating to take 25 points from the last 30 available and still see such a sizeable gap between us and the league leaders, but added:

‘We have to do what is in our hands and win our games. It was very disappointing the defeat against West Ham but the response this week was good and this is the way to follow in our next few games. Big teams have to do this and we did it this week. It is still a long way to go and we have to win every game now.