CHELSEA legend Dennis Wise has criticised Marcos Alonso’s performance against Southampton today – claiming the Spaniard showed no desire.
Chelsea came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at St Mary’s to pile more misery on Southampton, who remain in the relegation zone.
But at half time, with the score at 1-0, Wise was not best pleased with Alonso’s role in Saints’ opener from Dusan Tadic.
“We were talking about the wing-backs and (David) Zappacosta gets sucked in to a position, I think (Cesar) Azpilicueta is out of position,” Wise said while working as a pundit on Sky Sports.
“What annoys me and frustrates me is Alonso’s attitude and where Southampton lost it and where they picked it up.
“He needs desire to come back into the game, he doesn’t show that. He jogs and he jogs the whole way.
“He could have got himself back in position which could have helped the team and got them out of a sticky situation, where they had a one-on-one situation. But he showed no desire.”
Wise also thinks Alonso should have been sent off for a first-half tackle on Shane Long.
“That’s a red card,” he added.
“I’m a Chelsea boy but I have done one or two of them in my career and I should have gone.
“He hasn’t even bothered with the ball. The frustration after that was that (James) Ward-Prowse got booked because he realised what Alonso had done to Long.
“He’s reacted to that, frustration, and he gets a yellow card.”
Olivier Giroud reveals what he said to Eden Hazard to inspire Chelsea’s epic comeback win
Olivier Giroud has said he told Eden Hazard when he came on for Alvaro Morata to “keep believing” and it helped inspire the Blues’ epic comeback win against Southampton.
The Frenchman replaced the ineffective Alvaro Morata in the 61st minute and the change from Antonio Conte took just eight minutes to come to fruition as the January signing from Arsenal made it 2-1.
Five minutes later, Hazard had fired Chelsea level on the south coast and a further four minutes after that, Giroud had scored again with a fine finish in the box to complete the comeback and give Chelsea the lead for the first time in the game.
The striker was the catalyst for the stunning comeback which put Chelsea three points further towards Spurs in fourth, though Mauricio Pochettino’s men are still seven points clear.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Giroud was asked for his thoughts on the terrific win and how his introduction inspired the comeback.
Giroud said: “I said when I came in, I said to Eden: ‘Come on we need to fight until the end. Keep believing!’ I didn’t tell him that we’re going to score but I did believe that the first goal we scored would put them in a bad position.
“As long as mathematically it is possible, we are going to believe. Play the games one by one and we’ve got maybe five or six finals to play. Do the job and then we see about the other teams.”
It’s not been the easiest starts for Giroud to his Gunners career since swapping north London for the west of the capital but he truly announced himself to the Blues faithful at Southampton.
The striker added: “Obviously I was waiting for it. I tried so many times to put it in the back of the net but sometimes you need a bit of luck. The thing is as a striker you need to keep going and keep the confidence high.
“Even if I play a bit less in the last few weeks I really want to help the team to bounce back in the second half.
“The beginning of the game is not what we wanted, not what we expected, but in football you always have the opportunity to step up and bounce back. We have shown great character, great team spirit and I am very pleased for the team today.
“I always say that football is an ever-lasting new beginning. You always need to question yourself. In the performance, it’s most important is to show your character. I’ve been through some difficulties in my career and all the time I try to come back stronger. It happened again today and I’m very pleased for me and for the team.
“It was tough for us. The second goal was difficult but the most important thing is even if you concede one or two goals, never give up and believe in our quality and play our game right until the game and I’m very proud of what we’ve done today with our amazing support of the fans.”