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Marcos Alonso happy with very good win

Marcos Alonso says we are pleased to have progressed to the FA Cup fifth round, particularly given the number of strong teams who have already been eliminated from the competition.

The Blues beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Willian netting a brace and Callum Hudson-Odoi also on target.

Alonso, who came back into the starting line-up having been on the bench for Thursday’s Carabao Cup win over Tottenham, felt the game was more difficult than the scoreline might suggest.

‘The result can look like it was easy but it’s always tough to play these type of games against Championship sides, and we’ve seen how many Premier League teams are out of the FA Cup already so we’re very happy and it was a very good win,’ Alonso said.

Gonzalo Higuain was selected to lead the line for Chelsea and the striker, who Alonso played with earlier in his career at Real Madrid, enjoyed a solid debut.

‘Very well,’ said the Spaniard, when asked how he felt Higuain had performed. ‘I think he’s a very good player, we saw some good play from him and hopefully he will score a lot of goals.’
 

Defeats for both Tottenham and Arsenal this weekend mean the two north London sides join Liverpool in suffering early exits in this season’s FA Cup, while Everton and West Ham have also been eliminated.

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The Blues are aiming to secure a third consecutive final appearance, having lifted the trophy last season, but Alonso warned there is still plenty of work to be done despite some strong sides having been knocked out already.

‘There is still a long way to go, we have to be patient, we have another important Premier League game in a few days so we will see who we get in the next round, take it from there and keep training hard,’ he said.

‘We’ve always trained hard, we always go onto the pitch trying to give 100 per cent and win the games. Sometimes we struggle, but we have to go all together towards a clear target and keep working hard.’

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