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Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso comments on breakdown of Frank Lampard relationship

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso comments on breakdown of Frank Lampard relationship

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has dismissed suggestions that he was disrespectful to the rest of the squad after a game with West Bromwich Albion in 2020.

The Spaniard was hauled off at half time as Chelsea went 3-0 down at The Hawthorns before dramatically fighting back to salvage a share of the spoils.

After the match, it was widely reported that Alonso had got on the team coach much earlier than his teammates, a perceived show of disrespect which left him out of Lampard’s plans for the remaining months of his tenure.

However, speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi, the left wing-back has claimed that Lampard judged the situation incorrectly and that he did nothing wrong.

As quoted by The Athletic, Alonso said: “The manager didn’t take it well but I explained everything that happened. He thought I left before the end of the game but I told him no. There were some medical staff in the changing room who can provide the right information.

“I watched the game upstairs and with five minutes to go, they [West Brom security] told me I cannot be here so I went downstairs to the changing room. Then when the referee blew the whistle I went to the coach before the team got back.

“It was not with any bad intention that I wanted to leave but I had a shower at half time already, I had a shower upstairs and then I just went. I was not happy, of course, with how the game went and everything but it was not any intention to do that. I spoke to my teammates straight after, to check if someone felt offended or something, everyone was OK.”

Alonso has been a regular in the starting lineup since Thomas Tuchel replaced Lampard 13 months ago.

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