Maurizio Sarri isn’t a manager that is known for squad rotation, but at Stamford Bridge the Italian has surprised everyone with how few changes he’s made to his squad on a game-to-game basis.
He’s opted to start the same team practically every week in the Premier League, with often one or two changes at most per game.
One man that’s been a regular so far this season is Marcos Alonso, but following Chelsea’s cup game with Spurs, that’s got to change.
Emerson Palmieri was given a rare chance for the Blues against their rivals, and he certainly impressed. There hasn’t been so much energy down the wings at Stamford Bridge in quite some time, with the defender clearly keen to show the manager what he can do.
Offering electric pace, great dribbling and a solid cross, he offered exactly what Chelsea have lacked this season. Significantly, he was also solid defensively, and that’s a testament to how well-rounded his game is. In fact, the Tottenham defence regularly failed to control the Italian defender.
Conversely, Alonso has had a tough few weeks. He started the season well, but the Spaniard has fallen off significantly as of late. He’s lacked positioning at the back, and his offensive threat has effectively been nullified. It’s almost like he’s a different player.
Palmieri, then, is making all the right noises as he pushes for a starting berth. Alonso can’t be selected every week just based on the fact that he’s been good throughout his tenure. Sarri must focus on the present, and at the moment, Emerson is a better choice.
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