Thomas Tuchel sends message to Ben Chilwell over lack of Chelsea playing time

Thomas Tuchel has sent a message to Ben Chilwell over his lack of playing time (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has told Ben Chilwell to be ‘patient’ and ‘keep on training’ if he wants to get back into the starting line-up at Chelsea this season.

Chilwell was a mainstay in the Chelsea side last season, starting 27 times for the Blues in the Premier League, and was a key player in their Champions League final win against Manchester City

However, since then the 24-year-old has fallen down the pecking order for both club and country, culminating in Marcos Alonso taking his place at left wing-back at Stamford Bridge. 

Tuchel believes that the England international needs to stay focused and be patient for his turn to force himself back into the starting line-up.

‘He came from a Champions League win, and from 90 minutes and a strong performance, and had a good end of the season in general,’ Tuchel said on Tuesday.

‘Then it was individually for him a tough Euros, because there were chances I think where he thought he could have played, and he did not.

Chilwell has lost his place in the Chelsea team to Marcos Alonso (Picture: Getty)

‘It was hard for him to totally relax and to get this personal disappointment, that he would never put out on the team, off his shoulders.

‘And when he arrived here I felt him a bit mentally tired, a bit still worrying about the situation. Marcos was here the whole pre-season, he did every single training session and he took this opportunity and was so, so great, with such huge quality and attitude.’

‘So Marcos was crucial for us from the first day in training, and then he delivered in Chilly’s position. And these are our two specialists for the same position, so this is a tough competition for both of them.

‘But he’s in the race now, the situation has changed for him. He’s in a good mental shape and attitude, and a good shape on the pitch. So he can play any minutes. Because you feel he did everything to push the team, you feel part of the team but you don’t feel it really if you don’t sweat it out sometimes on the pitch and you never wear the shirt.

Chilwell started 27 Premier League matches for the Blues last season (Picture: Getty)

‘And if you’re never really involved, it is a strange feeling. Then of course it was necessary to keep training and training for five weeks, continuously, and then he had a break, a personal break.

‘We had talks with Chilly about the situation. There are no further worries for Chilly He has to be patient and keep on training.’

Chelsea begin their Champions League title defence when they play host to Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, but Tuchel believes competition will be even tougher to win this season.

You can think what you want. Believe it or not, I think there are so many teams who can win it. You need luck, momentum and a good group. This competition is a very open competition,’ he added.

‘We have a strong bond. We were maybe a bit of a surprise to win it last year but it was not undeserved. We start from scratch with zero points and zero goals, everybody has the same chances.’

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