Alonso grateful for Blues supporters' backing

Ahead of a run of four games away from Stamford Bridge, Marcos Alonso has paid tribute to the Chelsea fans and thanked them for their support as the end of another busy season approaches.

After the trip to Southampton today we have three of the longest away games of the season to come - at Burnley, Swansea and Newcastle - as well as an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next weekend.

With so many miles still to be clocked up in the remaining weeks of the season, Alonso tells us he is extremely grateful for the Blues fans’ continued backing during what has been a testing few months for the side.

‘I appreciate the love from them at this bad moment for everybody,’ he says.

‘They just have to know we are giving everything and we are improving from the mistakes this year. We will come back stronger for sure.

‘I feel bad for them because they are suffering like the team, and they don’t deserve that, but hopefully we can give them the FA Cup at the end of the season, and then next season we will make sure we improve and we fight for every title.’

On a personal level, Alonso’s name has been chanted as much as anyone’s this term, at the Bridge and away from home. The left wing-back has maintained his high level of performance from last season’s title-winning campaign and truly established himself as a fans’ favourite in the process. He explains he just wishes to repay the encouragement and give them something to shout about at the end of the season.

‘It motivates me when I hear them signing my name, of course,’ the recently-capped Spain international reveals.

‘It’s always great to hear them supporting the team, and I always try hard to give back the love they give to me with good games and good football on the pitch.

‘We have to keep giving everything until the end of the season. If it’s still possible to get in the top four we have to try until the end, and in the FA Cup of course it’s the only title we have left to win, and we have to give more than 100 per cent to try to win the Cup.’