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.
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.
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“If they’d have lost Hazard and Costa and come here to lose i’d say fair enough,” he said.
“They’ve lost Alonso, are they that finely tuned that they lose a left-back, he’s a decent left back but he’s not Roberto Carlos! And we’re saying that basically they can just fall apart?
“It did imbalance them without the left-foot of Alonso, there is no doubt about that.”
“A little bit worrying that it does though, one injury to your outfield player, that was the perfect Chelsea team apart from one player.”