Maurizio Sarri reveals why Marcos Alonso has not been dropped for Emerson at Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri insists Marcos Alonso is not suffering from fatigue and admits he is reluctant to give Emerson Palmieri his first Premier League appearance of the season ahead of the Spaniard.

Alonso performed poorly in Chelsea’s win over Fulham last weekend and also struggled in the second half of the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday evening.

Emerson, meanwhile, has barely featured since he was signed in a £17.6 million deal from Roma in the January transfer window, and has only appeared in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League under Sarri this season.

But Sarri admits swapping Alonso for Emerson at left-back could cause his side ‘problems’ at set-pieces. Asked if Alonso is suffering from tiredness, Sarri said:

‘I don’t know because in the last period he didn’t play a lot, he wasn’t in the national team in the last international break.

‘His minutes accumulated is not very high for him, he’s played in all the 14 Premier League matches but he didn’t play in the Europa league, he didn’t play League Cup, in the national team he played only one match.

‘He played not very well against Fulham, of course.

‘He played better in the first half in the last match [against Wolves] then he had problems in the second half.

‘I need to understand because for me its not tired, I want to see the last training and then I will decide.’

Asked if Emerson is considered as a viable alternative to Alonso, Sarri replied:

‘Of course, Emerson is a good option.

‘I have to also consider some details, for example without Alonso, we could have problems in set pieces, so I have to consider everything.’

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