Tuchel explains why he starts Alonso over chillwell

Tuchel explains why he starts ‘crucial’ Alonso over ‘mentally tired’ Chilwell

Ben Chilwell has seen his spot on the left-hand side usurped by the in-form Marcos Alonso.

Thomas Tuchel insists the England international is ready to play but finds it difficult to get minutes because of competition.

“When he arrived here I felt him mentally tired. Still worrying about the situation [not playing at the Euros] and at the same time he had to accept. He was very unlucky – also now during the start of the season because Marcos was here the whole pre-season,” Tuchel said of Chilwell, as quoted by the Evening Standard.

“We had some talks with Chilly about the situation. He knows that I would have done the same thing the other way around – to trust him if he was here and showed this kind of personality and attitude like Marcos did.

“We did every single training session and he took this opportunity so great and with such huge quality and attitude, so Marcos was crucial for us from the first day of training and then he delivered in Chilly’s position.

“They push each other and there are no further worries for Chilly. He must be a bit patient and keep on training.

“This is where we are now and unfortunately we only had three substitutes in the last matches in the Premier League otherwise we would have made him play some minutes.

“But he is in the race now. The situation has changed for him. He is in good shape, in mental shape, attitude and good shape on the pitch so he can play any minute.”

Alonso has been firing on all cylinders since the start of the season, scoring a fantastic goal against Palace.

The 30-year-old has established himself as one of Chelsea’s most dangerous players, creating 8 chances in 4 games, more than anyone in the squad.

Meanwhile, Chilwell has not played a single minute this season so far.

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