Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has come out to say that Ben Chilwell is still getting up to speed with the Blues. He recently revealed that the defender is set to make his 1st competitive appearance since last season’s UCL final.
According to him, Chilwell returned with the latest group after the Euros and holiday, but Marcos Alonso is simply more ready physically.
Tuchel added that having 3 substitutions per game is also a problem for managers in crunch matches.
His words, “For Ben Chilwell, it’s very easy,”
“He came back with the latest group [after the Euros and holiday].”
“When he arrived Marcos Alonso had five weeks in his legs from pre-season. He played the first competitive matches after a fantastic pre-season. He was simply way more ready physically which was natural because of the training session and his fantastic games.”
“He played the Super Cup final and three Premier League games. Also, we only have three substitutions allowed and this is a huge problem.”
“Chilly needed his time in training to adapt to the intensity. He is ready now but now wasn’t the time to push him into the cold water.”
“It is a bit sad because you have more tactical opportunities if you have five changes. I don’t understand the arguments of the little teams that they have a disadvantage in this case. I was also a coach of a little team and I would have loved to have five players available.”
“I would have made them run 16 kilometres against the top teams. I think it is a huge disadvantage in general in Europe but why do I complain?”
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