Two players have experienced an innovative change of role in Chelsea’s formation with three defenders at the back. They are wing-backs Reece James and Marcos Alonso on the right and left respectively.
Tuchel’s formations are showing signs of life against Everton with Kai Havertz deployed in a ‘false nine’ role and Marcos Alonso once again operating as a left wing-back. Alonso set up Chelsea’s first goal, which came off Ben Godfrey.
The Spanish defender spoke to Chelsea’s official website after the Everton match, as he seemed to relish his position on the pitch.
“It is not easy to go through the middle, so I like to do these runs from wide to inside.
I’m happy I got the assist. When you are controlling the game like we did it gives you a little bit more freedom, but all we need to get together and defend well. That’s what we aim for, and that’s how it has to be to keep improving in the right way.”
Adding further regarding Chelsea’s upturn of form, Alonso said:
“We are in a good position now but we have to keep winning games, taking advantage of the momentum and get closer to the top. We are training well, working hard.
Now we have another tough game on Saturday at Leeds. We just need to focus on having a good recovery and then be ready for that one.”
The Spaniard missed majority of the season under Frank Lampard, who effectively cut him out of the squad. Tuchel has seen Alonso appear eight times for Chelsea after his appointment.