Chilwell or Alonso? Tuchel reveals his preferred left wing-back

Thomas Tuchel played Ben Chilwell as a left wing-back in his first game in charge of Chelsea, as the team played a goalless draw with Wolves.

For the second game, Chelsea defeated Burnley 2-0, and this time around, Marcos Alonso played as left wing-back ahead of Chilwell.

Alonso sealed the win for Chelsea with a fine strike late on, and Tuchel was pleased with his effort.

Tuchel explained earlier this week that Alonso’s inclusion against Burnley was due to the height advantage he brought to the team.

“We had the reason, it was not because we were unhappy with Chilwell but we opted for more size to defend set-pieces,” said Tuchel.

“Marcos is used to playing in this role, he has good timing arriving in the box. ‘In the end we are very happy that he scored the second goal that finished the game.”

However, ahead of facing Tottenham, Tuchel spoke of competition for that position as he said: “It gives us a big scale of decisions and now Marcos has to work hard to push forward and stay in the squad.

“And Chilly, at the same time, is pushing to come into the squad and that’s the best situation we can have.”