Tuchel explained why Alonso started and assessed his display
‘We had a reason. It wasn’t that we were unhappy with Chilly, absolutely not. We opted for a bit more size for defending set-pieces, and I know from the time of Antonio Conte Marcos is used to playing this role. He has good timing for arriving in the box.
‘We are very happy he could score the second goal which finished the game. It’s not easy when you haven’t played for a long time, but he did very well.’
Alonso’s selection was one of four changes Tuchel made from Wednesday
‘If we manage to find a starting XI that can guarantee to win us 20 in a row, we will not change! It’s very unlikely this will happen and we need everybody.
‘I am only some days in and we decided very late for the back three and the two number sixes to stay because of the impact we expected from Burnley.
‘We did some changes offensively just to do them, and to have different players and characteristics on the pitch, and at the same time give everybody the chance to show up in competitions.
‘Right now every player has every right to start for us because I’m very happy with the quality, intensity and devotion in training. It’s super hard selections, or maybe super easy because I give everybody the chance to show up.’