Emerson Palmieri believes his attack against Atlético Madrid could ignite his Chelsea spell under Thomas Tuchel amid ties with Serie A clubs Roma and Inter Milan.
- Left back Emerson Palmieri struggles with playing time at Chelsea
- Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso are above him in pecking order below Tuchel
- His future at Chelsea is in doubt with links to Italian clubs Roma and Inter Milan
For Emerson Palmieri, the goal against Atletico Madrid felt significant. It wasn’t just the last battle in an emphatic Chelsea victory or the 9,000th goal in the Champions League.
It was his chance to be victorious. The Brazil-born Italy international – sat on the bench for most of this season – was televised with four minutes remaining from the return leg of the last 16 game. With his first touch, he scored to ban Atletico.
Emerson was then selected by manager Thomas Tuchel, his fourth boss in three years since the signing of Roma, to start the FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United four days later and called to the Italian side by Roberto Mancini.
Emerson Palmieri scored the last goal in an emphatic victory for Chelsea over Atletico Madrid
The left back scored on his first touch after being used as a substitute in the Champions League
He won another cap in the World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland, which could be a turning point for the 26-year-old. “Atletico was not a typical game for me,” says Emerson Sportsmail
“I was probably sent to waste some time, but when I saw our players attack, I went into free space and thought,” Will the ball come to me? ” and it did. It was a very special goal. ‘
The goal had been predicted by teammate Jorginho, and Thiago Silva, who was injured, promised Emerson that he would jump in the stands if it came out.
“I saw Thiago come off the stands,” says Emerson. It was a moment of pure happiness. I was on the other side of the field, but I could hear Jorginho, Thiago and Mason Mount very happy for my goal. Thiago screamed! ‘
Tuchel’s arrival in January provided a fresh start as Emerson, who was sidelined in the final days of Frank Lampard’s tenure, has not entered a Premier League game for over a year. It couldn’t be easier to break in under Tuchel with Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso on the left.
The left back remains on the margins of the Chelsea team and could leave for Italy in the summer
“Managers have their preferences and we have to accept them,” he says.
‘All I can do is be professional. Difficulties like this cause an athlete to evolve. It is a challenge. I respect their work and they respect mine.
“None of us can afford to make a mistake, because it could cause the position to be lost.”
Tuchel impressed Emerson. On the first day Thomas arrived, we saw how much he loves the details. He likes to show videos, talk a lot and focus on the little things that can make a difference, ”he says.
Emerson’s future will be scrutinized over the summer after being linked with Roma and Inter in January.
Last week he told the Italian media, “We will see what happens in June.”
Back in London, he focuses on the final weeks of the season and plays his part for Chelsea.