Tuchel on wing-back options, Ballon d’Or honour and meeting Ranieri for the first time

However, our head coach has no concerns about Alonso’s ability to slot into the side seamlessly, as he did at the beginning of the current campaign, and says he has alternative options in that position if they become necessary during Chilwell’s absence.

‘First of all we have Marcos, who started the season for us when Chilly was in a bit of trouble and a bit of a more difficult moment for him,’ said Tuchel. ‘So we trust him, he knows how to win Premier League games, Marcos is very experienced.

‘I think it’s even a situation, when nobody’s injured, where you have two specialists for one position, both of them play for their international teams, where you can end up sometimes in very difficult decisions. It can be very hard for one of them because, in my opinion, they compete for one single position, the left wing-back position.

‘If one has a longer injury like Ben now, it can suddenly seem like we don’t have enough. If you look at the schedule and think does Marcos have now to play eight matches, or every three days, is that possible? Maybe not.

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