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Thomas Tuchel confirms key Chelsea man was axed from squad after demanding to quit Stamford Bridge

Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz

Thomas Tuhcel has confirmed that wing-back Marcos Alonso was dropped from his squad to face Everton after asking to leave Chelsea in order to complete a move to Barcelona.

The Spanish club have been trying to bring in Blues duo Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta all summer, only for the latter to commit his future to the club late last week when the Chelsea skipper penned a new two-year contract.

Barca remain hopeful of landing Spain international Alonso, especially after he requested a Stamford Bridge exit.

And Tuchel confirmed the 31-year-old was missing for the 1-0 win at Goodison due to that reason.

Speaking after Jorginho’s penalty gave them victory over club legend Frank Lampard: “That is the case.

“He tries to leave and we agreed to this wish, and that’s why it would have never made sense to have him on the pitch today.

“He would’ve been on the pitch otherwise. In this situation it’s the right thing to do.”

Chelsea made hard work of their win on Merseyside and Tuchel had particular praise for Thiago Silva after the match.

Thiago shows his class yet again

The 37-year-old was outstanding alongside new boy Kalidou Koulibaly, who limped off in the second-half.

And Tuchel added: “Maybe I never worked with a player in general that age. So he is the fittest one I’ve trained at that age.

“In general, all three of our players in the back three were in their thirties, the two number sixes are in their thirties, and we could see that we struggled a bit physically at the end of the match.

“We need to improve our physical level and we will improve. We can be confident we will improve and we are on it.

“Thiago is a key, key player in the middle of the defence right now but we need to move on the ball, not off the ball, to invest more physically with more runs. That will come with more training and more games.”

The Blues are back in action next Sunday when they host a Tottenham side who looked impressive against Southampton.

Antonio Conte’s men came from behind to secure a thumping 4-1 win over Saints in north London.

And Tuchel will be hoping Koulibaly will be fit for the game after being forced off at Goodison.

It appears, however, that the Senegal star was just suffering from cramp and the Blues were just taking precautionary measures.

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