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Thomas Tuchel admits Marcos Alonso asked not to take part in Chelsea FC win amid attempts to seal Barcelona transfer

The Spain international was not part of the 20-man squad that traveled to Merseyside with Barcelona in talks to sign the left-back.

The Blues boss has not confirmed whether Alonso will leave amid ongoing negotiations but did reveal the 31-year-old has asked not to play against Frank Lampard’s side.

“That’s the case, he’s trying to leave and we accepted that change, and that’s why it would never have made sense to have him on the pitch today. It’s the right thing to do. “, he explained briefly.

Alonso’s absence comes shortly after Chelsea signed Marc Cucurella from Brighton on Friday for £62m.

The left-back soon made his debut on the bench for Liverpool, with Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Conor Gallagher also making their first appearances for the club.

Tuchel was happy to be boosted by a new generation of players following the recall of players on loan and £165m spent in the transfer market under the new Boehly-Clearlake ownership group.

Marcos Alonso asked to leave to join Barcelona

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However, there were concerns about the lack of attacking threat from open play with Jorginho scoring from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time.

“In general, maybe it wasn’t the most exciting Premier League game in Premier League history,” he added. “Seven minutes of extra time in the first half, ten minutes in the second half tells the story. There were a lot of interruptions, neither team found a rhythm.

“Everton defended deep in the first half and we struggled to change play, we struggled to feel the moments to change gears. It looked like we didn’t want to make a decisive error, we didn’t ‘have therefore not taken the necessary risk in the last 25 meters to open up space.

“But in general it was okay. In the second half we didn’t have enough movement on the ball and that created a lot of lost balls which we suffered and the game was stuck between halves. That wasn’t in our half or theirs So in the first away game you hang in there and do what you need to keep a clean sheet and get the win.


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