Thibaut Courtois has heaped praise on Marcos Alonso for his improvement in the Chelsea team since his move to Stamford Bridge in 2016.
The Spanish full-back has made the wing-back role his own at Stamford Bridge since his move to the club from Fiorentina.
Alonso was one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers in the Premier League last season as he helped the Blues to win the title in Antonio Conte’s first campaign in charge at the club.
The Spaniard was the hero for the Blues on Saturday as he scored the Blues’ winner in their 1-0 victory over Southampton at Stamford Bridge with a well-struck free-kick.
Courtois was full of praise for Alonso following his performance for the west London side on Sunday and also talked up his overall impact at the club.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website after the game, Courtois said: “Marcos plays so many games on that wing and I don’t think people can imagine how hard that job is, because it’s always attacking-defending, attacking-defending.
“You don’t stop, you’re running a lot, and he’s playing almost every three days.
“He does very well for us and he’s improved very much throughout last season and this season as well.
“His quality of free-kicks is amazing and those situations in football nowadays are so important, so if you can score from that it’s very good.”
Chelsea return to League Cup action on Wednesday night when they host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in the quarter-finals.
The Blues will then prepare for a trip to Everton on Saturday for their final game before Christmas.
The west London side are currently in third place in the Premier League table and 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.