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Frank Lampard defends Marcos Alonso after the Spaniard was criticized for his role in the defeat of West Ham

‘It wouldn’t be fair to isolate Marcos’: Frank Lampard harks back to Gary Neville’s devastating attack on Alonso after claiming defender’ Chelsea took the game ‘against West Ham because the blues boss insists’ it’s easy to to react from afar ‘

  • Frank Lampard has beaten Gary Neville for criticizing Marcos Alonso
  • Alonso was unable to follow in the run-up to the West Ham winner mid-week
  • Gary Neville claimed the Spaniard had ‘cost Chelsea the game’
  • Lampard defended Alonso, saying it was “easy to respond from afar” on Friday

Frank Lampard has defended Marcos Alonso after the Spaniard failed to come back on Wednesday evening in the run-up to the late West Ham winner.

Gary Neville slammed the fullback for his woeful defense, claiming he had ‘cost Chelsea the game’ after allowing Andriy Yarmolenko to score at half-time.

However, Lampard hit back at Neville, saying it was “ easy to react from afar ” when asked at his press conference on Friday about the Hammers’ winning goal.

Frank Lampard (photo) hits back at Gary Neville for criticizing Marcos Alonso

Frank Lampard (photo) hits back at Gary Neville for criticizing Marcos Alonso

Alonso (left) failed to come back and prevent Andriy Yarmolenko from scoring a winning goal

Alonso (left) failed to come back and prevent Andriy Yarmolenko from scoring a winning goal

Alonso (left) failed to come back and prevent Andriy Yarmolenko from scoring a winning goal

“Wings have a responsibility to do both,” Lampard said. “It is easy to react from afar. It wouldn’t be entirely fair to isolate Marcos at the time, the players should have the desire to run backwards as well as fast forward.

“It’s frustrating because I’ve talked about both sides of the field. It is not often that it has been more negative than positive.

“It’s something we have to get right if we want to get to the table.”

Repetitions of Alonso’s defensive efforts led to Neville undressing as he commented on the game.

Marcel said, “You see Yarmolenko is back there with Alonso.

Neville, pictured Tuesday evening, launched a devastating attack on Alonso's defensive endeavors

Neville, pictured Tuesday evening, launched a devastating attack on Alonso's defensive endeavors

Neville, pictured Tuesday evening, launched a devastating attack on Alonso’s defensive endeavors

“Look at him, look at him, look at him. What are you doing Marcos Alonso? What are you doing? There is its return speed.

“It cost Chelsea the game, along with a poor defense against Rudiger.

Marcos Alonso is on par with him (Yarmolenko) at the point where that counter-attack begins and he doesn’t bother.

“I mentioned it before and that’s why he’s under pressure at this football club. Frank Lampard will see that.

“Run back as soon as possible if your team loses the ball. You learn that at the age of six. ‘

Former West Ham defender James Collins added, “Alonso never shows a desire to come back. As a manager, you would be furious with the way he went down. ‘

It comes under close scrutiny with Alonso’s position at the club, with the Blues desperate for a left back this summer.

Chelsea have been linked with Le Chester's Ben Chiwell as they try to buy a new left back

Chelsea have been linked with Le Chester's Ben Chiwell as they try to buy a new left back

Chelsea have been linked with Le Chester’s Ben Chiwell as they try to buy a new left back

After the signing of Timo Werner of RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech of Ajax, Lampard is expected to strengthen his defense after this.

Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell is believed to be their number 1 target, but Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Chelsea that he won’t let the English star leave cheap.

It remains to be seen how much is left in Lampard’s transfer budget, given the massive outlay for attacking players already.

But if Chilwell isn’t a viable option, Ajax players Nicolas Tagliafico and Porto’s Alex Telles are reportedly lined up as other targets.

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