Chelsea in the past season were like a perfect machine. So to change something it means it has to be worth it. Antonio Conte wants Alex Sandro on the left flank, but what could the Juventus man bring?
Marcos Alonso has had a fantastic season as a wing back, after all the scepticism for his arrival from Fiorentina. So why change him? After all, the Spaniard knows Conte’s system already, and has proven to be great both defensively and offensively.
With the Champions League coming up, Conte needs more options, more depth, whilst maintaining the necessary quality to compete at the top level in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Here’s why Alex Sandro. Sure, spending over 50 million pounds for a left back, albeit one of the best in Europe, seems like a waste of the budget, as something will be needed in midfield and up front.
But let’s not forget that the Juve man is one of the best in his position. Arguably, after Real Madrid’s Marcelo, there’s the former Porto Brazilian. No one has been as precise and consistent at crossing as Alex Sandro in Serie A since he joined Juve, and his physical strength and pace mean he’s a tough one to play against for any striker.
Moreover, he is used to playing in a four at the back system. Alonso has shown he’s best as a wing back, Alex Sandro can do both the full back and the wing back roles with lovely results.
And his arrival doesn’t mean Alonso is bound to leave. In Conte’s plans, both are needed, as the work required for the wingers is at the maximum level and Conte often substitutes the two in the same game.
The coach wants to build a team that can cope with having the Champions League commitment midweek whilst fighting to retain the Premier League title. Ambitious, but possible.
Alex Sandro would work in that direction. As well as bringing in the experience given to him by the Juventus changing room and by the past season with the Bianconeri, as the Turin club was only 45 minutes away from lifting the Champions League trophy and completing the Treble.
All of this is Alex Sandro, and he is probably worth in excess of 50 million pounds. A huge sum, but a sum that goes into improving the team. Because in order to make Chelsea better, in order to make the Premier League champions better, a lot of cash will be needed.