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Thomas Tuchel lost it with Marcos Alonso just seven minutes into Chelsea's Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham, despite the Spaniard providing the assist for Kai Havertz' opener.
Chelsea started the match in style as Alonso capitalised on Tottenham's defensive mix-up between Japhet Tanganga and Emerson Royal, and slipped through Havertz who saw his effort bundled in after just four minutes.
Alonso isn't Chelsea's first choice wing-back, and with the injuries to Ben Chiwell and Reece James, the Spaniard is rather filling the role by default instead of being selected by merit.
And Tuchel couldn't hide his frustration with the defender early on, leaving Alonso looking puzzled.
Alonso may have just provided an assist for Havertz, but the Spaniard was caught out of position on the left, something that Tuchel cannot stand with his well-drilled defensive shape, and the Chelsea boss lost it.
Tuchel was seen raging at Alonso right in front of the touchline, and the Spaniard looked on in bewilderment as he failed to understand his manager's demands.
Indeed, Football London reporter Sam Inkersole noticed that Alonso responded with a "what do you want me to do?" look during the baffling incident.
Alonso had started the season as Tuchel's first choice as Chilwell suffered a difficult start to the season, but once the England international found his feet once again he was very quickly reintegrated back into the starting line-up.
It shows that Alonso's omission was not only down to Chilwell's ability to play the role, but also highlight's Tuchel's frustration with the Spaniard, who even had right-back James cover his role against Brighton before being injured.
Alonso signalled back in amazement to the charged to Chelsea boss to calm down, an extremely risky strategy in such an important match.
The Spaniard will be happy to see the second half come quick, when he will be out of the direct eye-line of Tuchel, and therefore may escape another outburst if necessary.
Chelsea have been rumoured to be on the look out for a new left-back in the current transfer window, and if Tuchel's frustration is anything to go by, a signing could very much be on the cards.
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