Marcos Alonso has recalled the time he bumped into 50 Arsenal fans in the street while walking home from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had just played host to the Gunners, in a game that finished 0-0, and Alonso was in a rush to catch a flight, meaning he couldn’t wait for the crowds to disperse.
Leaving the stadium to find a cab to take him to the airport, he found himself face to face with a large group of Arsenal fans.
Fortunately for the Spaniard, who admitted he did anticipate trouble, the fans were polite and merely pestered him for pictures.
“One time – but it is better to wait until they open the road and leave by car, because if not – the day of the Arsenal match I had to go to the airport, I couldn’t wait and I went out to get a taxi,” Alonso told AS.
“At first it was good because I was going with security, but when I turned the corner I found 50 Arsenal fans and I said to myself ‘Ugh, there’s going to be trouble’.
“But then I took pictures with them. The English fan is educated.”
Alonso has made 21 appearances for Chelsea this season, including the Community Shield, and has netted three times.
His last match for the Blues was their 3-1 win over Newcastle. He was named on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday but didn’t come on.
Is Marcos Alonso’s spot under threat from Davide Zappacosta?
In a campaign that still involves four competitions, depth in the squad is of course key, and this performance from Davide Zappacosta has set a benchmark now for the type of quality he can produce on the left, as we knew he could on the right.
Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid last night at Stamford Bridge which left them finishing the Champions League group stage in 2nd place of Group C. Former Blue Fernando Torres set up Saul Niguez for the visitor’s opener, before Eden Hazard forced an own goal out of former Manchester City man Stefan Savic.
In a game that the Spaniards knew they had to win, much of the impetus, especially in the first half, was coming through Conte’s men, who created a whole host of chances throughout the 90.
There were again decent displays from the front two of Hazard and Alvaro Morata, as well as Timoué Bakayoko, who impressed on his return to the side in place of Danny Drinkwater. My analysis from this fixture however goes to our new wing-back, Davide Zappacosta, who I thought looked well at home in a high-profile European tie last night.
Right from the outset yesterday the Italian showed intent to move the ball at pace and get the team surging forward at every opportunity. With the ball at his feet, his first thought always seems to relate to how he can go around his opposite number, whereas other wide members of the squad seem all too happy to turn and play the ball backwards a lot of the time.
This contrast in his mentality compared to others was evident throughout. When he entered Atletico’s defensive third yesterday, Zappacosta was always heading goalwards and even forced a brilliant save out of Jan Oblak in the first half. Staggeringly, Zappacosta completed more dribbles yesterday than anyone in the Atletico side, including “star man” Antoine Griezmann, with only Pedro and of course Eden Hazard carrying the ball more successfully.