Tuchel review Why Alonso had his instant trust

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has explained why he was happy to wipe the slate clean for Marcos Alonso upon his appointment.

Tuchel has admitted that their relationship stretches back way before this year, which made it easier for him to ignore the noise surrounding the 30-year-old when he arrived at the club.

"It's not easy to fully ignore it but I tried to," explained Tuchel. "Maybe he was simply lucky because I knew him since he played in Fiorentina and I was in contact with him a little so I followed his career a bit.

"Marcos is an intelligent and calm guy, full of self-confidence but he's well aware of what he can do and what he cannot do. We decided in the first game to play a back three and to have the wing-back positions, which suits his profile perfectly. He was experienced and I had pictures in my mind of what he could give to the team in this position.

"He showed his quality and from then on every day is a pleasure to have him because he's a top professional guy. I'm very happy that he took his chance. He never lost faith in himself and when we arrived he was physically ready to play at the highest level so it's a credit to him and now he has to keep on going."

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