Marcos Alonso says lessons from yesterday’s defeat at Arsenal must be learned quickly with another big London derby on the horizon.
We underperformed at the Emirates, eventually losing 2-0, although it was Alonso who came closest to scoring for us when he hit the post with a header on the stroke of half-time. The Spaniard also registered our only on-target effort of the evening, saved by Bernd Leno late on.
Reflecting on what went wrong in north London, Alonso identified sloppiness in possession as one of the reasons for the defeat. With a decisive Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Tottenham awaiting us on Thursday night he knows our return to form must be swift.
‘We made silly mistakes,’ he said.
‘We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score.
‘When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days.’
We missed the chance to go nine points clear of Arsenal, and instead now just three points separate us, in fourth place, from them and Manchester United, in fifth and sixth respectively.
‘It was a good opportunity,’ acknowledged Alonso. ‘We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us.’
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta spoke to Chelsea TV after the loss and echoed Alonso's thoughts.