Thibaut Courtois has been crucial to Chelsea of late making some vital saves however following the narrow victory against Southampton on Saturday, the Belgian spoke highly about the match-winner Marcos Alonso.

The Spaniard netted the only goal of the game, which came from a direct free-kick just before the half-time interval to give Chelsea all three points against the Saints.

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Marcos Alonso striking the ball against Southampton which Fraser Forster could not keep out. 

Speaking after the game to the official Chelsea website, Courtois praised Alonso’s work ethic and his development since making the £24m switch to Stamford Bridge: “Marcos plays so many games on that wing and I don’t think people can imagine how hard that job is, because it’s always attacking-defending, attacking-defending.

“You don’t stop, you’re running a lot, and he’s playing almost every three days.

“He does very well for us and he’s improved very much throughout last season and this season as well.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper also commented on the his set pieces.

“His quality of free-kicks is amazing and those situations in football nowadays are so important, so if you can score from that it’s very good.”

However, Marcos Alonso is out for Wednesday evening’s cup tie against Bournemouth due to racking up six bookings, making him suspended.

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