Chelsea ace names the two players who could challenge Willian & Marcos Alonso for free-kick duty

Maurizio Sarri has a number of players at his disposal who are all very capable of scoring direct from a free-kick for the Blues.

Marcos Alonso and Willian are usually found over the ball when Chelsea have a free-kick in decent range, while Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas have also scored them in the past for the club.

Last season Alonso netted three goals direct from free-kicks, including a fabulous strike in the 2-1 win over Spurs back in August.

However, Willian didn’t manage to net one despite scoring 13 goals for the club.

The player’s best total came back in 2015/16 with five of his goals coming from set pieces, with a further three coming 12 months later.

Despite the new manager having plenty of options to take control of free-kicks, goalkeeper Willy Caballero has suggested another two players who tend to find the net quite often at the club’s Cobham training base.

“I would say Olivier Giroud, who took a few good ones last week, and also Ross Barkley,” he told the club’s official website .

Barkley has scored three in the past during his time at Everton, although he often found it very hard to get the ball off set-piece specialist Leighton Baines.

Giroud is also another player who has struggled to take free-kicks previously, especially with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla at Arsenal during his six years in north London.

Given that the likes of Hazard, Alonso and Willian could be rested on Thursday night in the Europa League against MOL Vidi, Chelsea fans may get the chance to see how good Barkley and Giroud are at free-kicks if an opportunity arises on the edge of the box.

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