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Neville: Chelsea should be worried by how much they missed ‘not great’ Alonso

Date Posted,April 16, 2017

Chelsea should be concerned about their apparent lack of squad depth in the wake of their second defeat in their last four Premier League games.

That is according to Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville , who questioned Antonio Conte’s side to cope in the absence of Marcos Alonso , who missed the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United after picking up a problem in the warm-up.

The Blues were also without first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois for their trip to Old Trafford, which was settled by goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera.

Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United the lead on a rare start in the middle (Photo: Shaun Botterill)
Ander Herrera then put the result beyond doubt (Photo: John Peters)

Chelsea’s consistency this season has largely been founded on a lack of injuries and being able to field the same starting XI week in week out, with only minor alterations required by Conte since their switch to a 3-4-3 in September.

And Neville suggested that the weekend’s setback proves the league leaders still don’t have the squad depth required to sustain a challenge on multiple fronts.

What makes things even worse for the Blues is that Alonso isn’t even one of their star players, with Kurt Zouma failing to fulfil the same role in the team, he added on Sky Sports after the game.

‘Decent but not great’: Neville says it’s a concern Chelsea collapsed without the left-back (Photo: Darren Walsh)
Matteo Darmian in action with Kurt Zouma
Kurt Zouma deputised in his absence, but was unable to offer the same outlet on the left (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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