Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has stated that he’s not even thinking of the potential departure of his teammates, Eden hazard, Willian, or Courtois from Stamford Bridge.
The defender, who spoke to Sky Sports noted this not because he’s callous or uncaring or just a terrible teammate, not because he’s gunning for their positions or their playing time, and it’s probably not even because he’s just in denial.
But because he’s apparently supremely confident that Chelsea’s Rumor-Mill-Three are all staying at the Bridge, that Marcos Alonso is not even entertaining the thought of a different outcome. Or he’s trying to use the power of suggestion. Either way, Alonso is looking forward to another season, his third with Eden Hazard, Willian, and Thibaut Courtois.
“I am not even thinking about [their potential departures]. They are Chelsea players and I am looking forward to seeing them after their holidays. They are top players and very important for us. Every season with Chelsea, we have to fight for every competition and every game and we will go for it,” Alonso told Sky Sports.
However, the trio are expected back in about 10 days, by which time Chelsea will have played a couple more preseason friendlies, against Arsenal in Dublin on Wednesday and Inter in Nice on Saturday and perhaps even the Community Shield against Manchester City a week from this coming Sunday.
The defender further noted that the Blues are working ne formation and new styles as the new coach wants the team to press higher.
“We are working on some new things: a new formation and a new style. He wants us to press high and he wants the team together for possession of the ball. A lot of the things we have just started working [on] but it is looking good. I don’t have to run as much as last year! It’s good, more for us to defend and when I can, try and help the team in attack,” he said.
The 27-year-old, who quickly became a key player for Conte’s 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 systems, will be counted on just the same in Sarri’s system, even if his specific role will be slightly different (more defensive responsibility and less running overall, but also more pressing and still plenty of involvement in the attacking end if Napoli’s fullbacks were any indication).