Ruud Gullit: This player was Chelsea’s weak link against Burnley
Ruud Gullit singles out Marcos Alonso as Chelsea's weak link against Burnley on Sunday
Ruud Gullit has singled out Marcos Alonso as Chelsea’s weak link during their 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.
The west London side missed the chance to move 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Pedro’s opener was cancelled out by Robbie Brady’s strike.
The result left Chelsea 10 points ahead of second-placed Tottenham as Antonio Conte’s men look to win the Premier League in the Italian’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea legend Gullit feels that Alonso’s performance against the Clarets left a lot to be desired as the Blues dropped points in the title race.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, Gullit said: “Eden Hazard always wanders inside from the left – far more than Pedro does when he starts on the right – which is what happened at Turf Moor.
“That leaves Chelsea’s left wing-back Marcos Alonso to advance up the pitch and give them an option wide on that flank.
“But, with Hazard often on the opposite side of the pitch, Alonso is sometimes left isolated when the Blues lose possession.
“Alonso is also not as strong as their right wing-back Victor Moses when it comes to getting back to help his centre-halves. I look at him and think he is more of a left winger.
“It is a weak spot because it leaves space to exploit if teams can get the ball into that channel behind Alonso, but you usually have to do it quickly.
“Burnley managed it early on by playing long balls up to Andre Gray that forced Gary Cahill and David Luiz to come out wide, out of their comfort zone.”
Chelsea are currently the heavy favourites to win the title this season after their sparkling form under new boss Conte this term.
The Blues will now turn their attentions towards their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Wolves this weekend.