Marcos Alonso was a tactical substitution to strengthen defence, says Conte

Marcos Alonso was a tactical substitution to strengthen defence, says Conte

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More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. The Italian manager reflected on his decision to pick-up wing-back Marcos Alonso during the game, after praising Man of the Match Alvaro Morata for his sensational hat-trick.

“Alonso was a tactical substitution because I saw Mark Hughes was about to bring on Peter Crouch. – Conte said – I remember last season we always suffered against him and for this reason, I preferred to reinforce the defence with Cahill and play Azpilicueta as wing-back”.

Marcos Alonso had been previously booked after committing two fouls in quick succession: “He never risked taking a second yellow card. – Conte stated- The person who risked a lot was Peter Crouch with a bad tackle”.