With Chelsea reverting to a back-four at the behest of Maurizio Sarri this season, Alonso is playing in a different position but has seemingly avoided the memo and is an ever-present in the Chelsea attack.
Loftus-Cheek's first score on the night against the Belarusian side occurred just two minutes into the match, when he pounced on Davide Zappacosta's cross from the right flank.
There were rare starts for Emerson, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but that did not hold Chelsea back, who went ahead within just two minutes.
A move that started with Loftus-Cheek in his own half saw Pedro burst down the left flank and, when he was dispossessed, Chelsea's home-grown talent was on hand to guide home his hat-trick goal. Maybe I ask to play 16, 17 players?'
Chelsea delivered a convincing performance despite Sarri making eight changes to the team that drew with Manchester United, as numerous players frustrated on the fringes of his squad were handed rare starts. "We are trying to solve the problem for Sunday". [SiPhillipsSport]Ruben loftus-cheek masterclass tonight ✌ [Bumboclark]Ruben Loftus Cheek has positively surprised me this game scoring not once but three times.
Chelsea's third win in a row in group L should mean that they progress to the knockout stage with a win in Belarus in...
"First of all, as I said after the match, we were wrong", Sarri said. I told him at the beginning of the season I thought he was really a very good player.
Though he's done immensely well, grooming the players he inherited from fellow compatriot Antonio Conte and adding a few to add extra depth in his squad, it has been mooted the Blues will need to sign a frontman who is not goal-shy, should they be seen as serious title contenders this season. My problem remains the same.