Date: 18th December 2017 at 10:50pm
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Chelsea are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Marcos Alonso in the one nil victory over Southampton at the weekend at Stamford Bridge was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Alonso as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘Chelsea’s win over Southampton was a good way to respond to their awful performance against West Ham the previous week. As Marcos Alonso said in his post-match interview: ‘That’s what good teams do.’ Alonso had already drawn a superb save out of Fraser Forster – using his weaker right foot – when his strike with his favoured left did the damage. This wasn’t Forster’s finest moment either. The Southampton keeper was slow to react to the free-kick and should have got across his line quicker to stop the shot. Even that would not have been necessary had Forster lined up his wall correctly in the first place. Had the wall been better positioned prior to the set-piece being taken, Alonso may not have been so precise and bent the ball around the badly positioned quartet and into the back of the net. It was a real pity because Southampton played well and could have got a point. Meanwhile, paper talk of Antonio Conte leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season is not good. The Blues are still in three competitions (excluding the Premier League) and could quite easily win two of them.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Alonso for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.

Full Team:

Mathew Ryan (Brighton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), James Collins (West Ham United), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

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