Chelsea were upset by Valencia on Tuesday evening as Frank Lampard started his Champions League campaign with a disappointing defeat at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues hosted a rather dysfunctional Los Che – following the debacle regarding the sacking of former manager Marcelino and their 5-2 defeat to Barcelona at the weekend – and would have felt in confident mood as they recorded an emphatic 5-2 victory themselves over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
Lampard’s side looked lively, however a lack of concentration in defence saw a free-kick that appeared to be straight from the Spaniard’s training ground find the back of the net.
Dani Parejo managed to chip a ball into an open area of Chelsea’s penalty box, which saw Rodrigo Moreno get onto the end off and put past Kepa Arrizabalaga in between the sticks.
The hosts had the perfect opportunity to draw level when they were awarded a rather dubious penalty by VAR following a Daniel Wass handball, however Ross Barkley blew his chance to become the hero for the English outfit.
The midfielder, who was a second-half substitute for Mateo Kovacic, struck the ball against the bar after what appeared to be intense discussions between Jorginho and Willian about who should take the spot-kick (Sky Sports).
Although the result was far from what Lampard and the Blues would have wanted, or perhaps, expected, there could be a positive taken from the game regarding one individual’s performance.
Marcos Alonso continued to fill in as a left wing-back for Chelsea in the absence of Emerson Palmieri and appeared to have a rather solid outing in what was just his second start of the season.
According to data collected by WhoScored, the Spain international managed to achieve a match rating of 7.39 after recorded figures of four shots, two key passes, two tackles and four clearances.
However, it appears Alonso’s performance went under the radar a little, as Football.London did not seem to be too impressed with what he produced.
They handed him a rather mediocre six out of ten, as they wrote: “Didn’t really get into the game as much, having to go backwards quite a bit when he had the ball. One stunning cross in. Defensively, Valencia got in behind his side a couple of times. In the second half he didn’t have too much influence in the game, not really getting forward enough of linking with his wingers.”
However, The Mirror seemed to recognise his contribution on the pitch a little more, handing him a seven in their ratings, stating: “Got forward well and Chelsea looked more dangerous down his side with his crossing.”
It would appear the £28.8m-rated defender (per Transfermarkt) is starting to make a case for himself to be included in Lampard’s squad on a more regular basis.
If he can produce a similar performance against Liverpool at the weekend, with perhaps, some added end product, then Chelsea may find it difficult to keep him out of the starting XI for too much longer.
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