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Chelsea boss Tuchel splits fans by DROPPING Ben Chilwell and recalling Lampard outcast Marcos Alonso for Burnley clash


CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel split fans by replacing Ben Chilwell with Marcos Alonso for his side’s game against Burnley.

The German axed England left-back Chilwell and recalled Alonso who had fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard.

Thomas Tuchel dropped Ben Chilwell and started Marcos Alonso vs Burnley

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Thomas Tuchel dropped Ben Chilwell and started Marcos Alonso vs BurnleyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
England international Chilwell was a regular under Frank Lampard

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England international Chilwell was a regular under Frank LampardCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Tuchel made it clear to his new squad that every player ‘has a clean slate’ after he replaced Lampard.

And he has been true to his word.

Alonso is starting his first Prem game since September.

But not all Blues fans were delighted with the decision.

Paul tweeted: “Alonso doesn’t deserve to play for Chelsea again. Hopefully this just gives Chilwell a kick up the a***.

“Kovacic & Jorginho in the middle is bad news. Slow or no build up play plus sideways / backwards passes coming up.”

Jonathan added: “I see no reason in sacking Lampard.

“This man will get it worse for us benching Pulisic, Kante, James and Ben Chilwell is very bad.”

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Alonso is starting his first Prem game since September

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Alonso is starting his first Prem game since SeptemberCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And Justin wrote: “Tuchel will see the light next game then. Alonso goes back to where he belongs.”

Despite the negative reaction, some fans of the West Londoners were pleased with the shake up.

Emma wrote: “As Long as Tuchel is playing a back three, Alonso should start because he’s the best LWB in the squad. Chilwell plays better in a back four.”

Jack added: “Finally someone talking some sense. Alonso is a perfect LWB and deserves the spot in this formation.”

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