Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso praised three Chelsea debutants from the Blues’ 2-0 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup, claiming they came back from their holidays to play in the game.
Xavier Simons, Harvey Vale and Jude Soonsup-Bell all started for Thomas Tuchel in the Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, covering for a number of injuries and Covid cases in the first-team squad.
However, the trio rarely looked out of place, adding three more academy graduates to the growing list of names that are already in the first-team from Cobham.
The Blues have proven in recent years that there is a pathway to the starting XI, and with all three impressing and showing commitment to the cause, they could be among the next set of youngsters making their way into the side.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website, senior player Alonso was full of praise for all three players on their debut, saying: “Everyone, even at 17- or 18-years-old played a great game, it’s credit to everyone.
“I think they were on holidays two days ago. They came for a couple days of training and we saw the quality they have in this match. It is not easy to go here.
“They have come to train with us sometimes. We see them and we follow them and I’m happy for them to make their debut. Hopefully they keep improving.”
Alonso, 30, could be a key figure for the youngsters to look up to. The Spaniard is the third-oldest in the squad, behind Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta, having spent over five-years at Stamford Bridge and winning a number of trophies in his time.
He has made over 180 appearances in a Blues shirt and can help those coming through the ranks.
Alonso continued: “It was a very good game from everyone. It is difficult at this time, with so many games and with Covid and everything, but there was an amazing atmosphere from the away fans parked in the corner, we had a very good performance and a good win and off to the next round.
“We are alive in every competition and we go for it step by step one at a time. Let’s see.”
Tuchel’s men face London rivals Tottenham in the semi-finals of the competition, with the hopes of adding another trophy to the cabinet.