Marcos Alonso has been subject to criticism following his below par performance in the last two games of the London club. The Stamford Bridge faithful have demanded the manager drops him to the bench with Manchester City visit the Bridge.

But Chelsea tactician Maurizio Sarri has pinpointed one reason why the Spaniard must feature for the Blues against Pep Guardiola’s side ahead of fan’s choice Emerson. According to his quote made available to media handle Metro, the Italian tactician seems to prefer the Spaniard because of set-pieces.

“Of course, Emerson is a good option… I have to also consider some details, for example without Alonso, we could have problems in set pieces, so I have to consider everything,” the Italian mused.

Marcos Alonso played both offensive and defensive role under former coach Antonio Conte particularly during set-piece.

The former Fiorentina man has an incredible ability to hit the ball when presented with a direct set-piece, while his tall stature was a boast for the Blues particularly when the defend set-piece. His presence during set-piece allows players of short stature such as Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Pedro, Kovacic and Willian enough room.

However those benefits won’t make up too many more defensive disasters, so the pressure is on for the Spaniard.