Alonso: Fight to the end

Marcos Alonso knows he and his team-mates have a difficult task ahead of them but will be giving everything to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League...

Having been part of the Chelsea side which claimed the title last season the Spaniard knows the quality and strength in the squad, and he says there is no margin for error in the final stages of the campaign if we are to ensure another year of Champions League football at Stamford Bridge.

'We have to stand up now and fight until the end,' he said after Sunday's loss to Tottenham.

'We are all disappointed, but we have to fight until the end of the season. Winning all seven games has to be the target and then we have to wait for other teams to lose. It's not going to be easy but it's what we have to do.'

Alonso also pinpointed some key differences between this season and our triumphant 2016/17 campaign, with the last match against Spurs a perfect example.

'I think we aren't having the same luck as last year,' explained the wing-back. 'Also, other teams have improved and maybe we don't have the consistency we had last year. I don't think we played a bad game against Tottenham, we had many more chances than them.

'I think as in every game we just need to focus and concentrate for the 90 minutes because we were playing a good game, we were controlling, and then we conceded three goals. So it is hard to take.'