Chelsea fans now want Emerson Palmieri to start over Alonso permanently

Chelsea battled back from a first leg deficit to overcome Tottenham Hotspur last night, via a penalty shootout, to secure their place against Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

The Blues were the better team at Stamford Bridge, and utterly dominated the first half of the match. Goals from N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard put them ahead on aggregate, before Fernando Llorente levelled the tie for Spurs to take the game to penalties.

Chelsea’s victory was a strong response to their defeat at Arsenal last time out, and Maurizio Sarri will hope to see his side kick on from here.

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Some of his lesser-used squad players who featured against Spurs may have put themselves in greater contention for more regular first team minutes with their performances last night. Amongst that cohort was Emerson Palmieri.

The left-back generally plays a back up role to Marcos Alonso for Chelsea, but he shone in the Spaniard’s stead last night. 

The 24-year-old made a statement with his tireless performance and he deserves to replace the struggling Alonso in the starting XI for Premier League games.

That’s certainly the opinion of a number of Chelsea fans. Here’s a look at how they reacted to Palmieri’s performance on Twitter…