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MARC OF THE MAN

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin had his say on Marcos Alonso’s goal and celebration on his return.

The Spanish left-back grabbed the Blues badge and was mobbed by his team-mates after a delightful volley sealed a 2-0 win over Burnley.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso grabs the badge in delight after slamming home a great strike
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso grabs the badge in delight after slamming home a great strikeCredit: AFP

In his Chelsea column, Nevin wrote: “It was particularly interesting to watch the reaction of the team towards Marcos after he scored the cracker that wrapped up the points. He was immediately surrounded by just about every member of the team.

“Now it is not worth hiding the fact that he was pretty close to persona non grata for a large part of the season, so some may think that the show of affection was aimed elsewhere. I suspect you would be wrong in that assumption.

“In every club players go in and out of favour with the managers, it is part of life and more often than not the rest of the team do not take sides because they have their own work to be concentrating on.

“However, when their mate is back in the fold, the welcome is honest and heartfelt, and aimed specifically at him, no one else.

“It is great to see Marcos back in contention, especially with Spurs coming up in a couple of days, I am sure he particularly likes playing them with his impressive scoring record against the Lilywhites.”

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