Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly savaged defender Marcos Alonso in front of his team-mates after his side’s 3-3 draw at West Brom.
Alonso is said to have attempted to watch the second half of the match on the team coach rather than with the Chelsea substitutes inside The Hawthorns, infuriating Lampard after he tried to leave the stadium without permission.
The Spanish left-back was directly at fault for two of the hosts’ goals in a defensive disaster for the Blues in the opening 45 minutes that left them 3-0 down at the break.
He is understood to have taken a shower and gone to the bus after being hauled off alongside midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who took his place in the stands with the rest of the Chelsea squad.
Alonso finally reappeared in a different area from the group shortly into the half.
Lampard was ‘the angriest they’ve ever seen him’ at Alonso during a tirade in front of the squad after praising his players’ spirited second-half comeback, according to The Athletic, as cited by the Daily Mail.
The outlet quoted an insider as revealing: ‘The players were saying they have never seen the manager like this.
‘It kicked off after the game and he was going mad at Alonso. Some were talking about how they’d be surprised if he plays for Chelsea ever again.’
Lampard singles out Alonso, Thiago Silva
Lampard singled out Alonso and new boy Thiago Silva, whose slip led to the Baggies’ second goal, in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.
He said: “They were clear mistakes. The first one, Marcos heads it into the middle of the pitch for them for a transition.
“Thiago’s one is a mistake. He’s been around long enough to know that and we will certainly give him that one in his first game.
“And then Marcos loses his man for the third goal from the corner – a clear mistake.”
Alonso has started Chelsea’s first three Premier League games in the absence of new signing Ben Chilwell through injury.
His replacement by Cesar Azpilicueta and subsequent error of judgement could see him leave Stamford Bridge two years before the end of his contract.
Chelsea have until the end of the transfer window on October 5 to move the player on, should they wish to do so.