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Ben Chilwell reveals he’s a “different and Better player” since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.



Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham

The England international has been in and out of the starting line-up since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at the helm in January and claimed he’s been a “different and Better player” since his arrival.


Ben Chilwell after featuring in every Premier League game that he was available for under Lampard, however, has been left on the bench in six of the 12 league outings under Tuchel, who has rotated him with the experienced Spaniard, Marcos Alonso.

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The 24-year-old spoke in Chelsea’s pre-match press conference ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Porto.


Ahead of the match, Chilwell was asked about his competition with Alonso to make the starting line-up.


‘When the manager came in, it was a clean slate for everyone,’ Chilwell said.
‘You can look at it one of two ways. Either I didn’t play the first three or four games which could’ve got me down but I used it as an opportunity to work harder, to ask him questions in training where he thinks I can improve my game and get more match time.
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‘When I get the opportunity to play, I want to prove I should be playing more regularly and I’m sure all other players including Marcos are doing the same thing.


‘It’s very healthy, especially at this stage of the season with quarter-finals, semi-final in the cup, the league, it’s important everyone in the squad is challenging each other for eleven shirts and working hard, as they want to stay in the team.’


Chilwell had to get used to a different formation with Tuchel, who, unlike Lampard who prefers using wing-backs.
When asked if he felt better under Tuchel and Chelsea’s new formation, he said: ‘Not sure if better but I am always trying to improve every day which is a given. ‘

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‘I’m a different player as playing left wing-back wasn’t something I was used to before.


‘Since the manager has come in that’s where Marcos and myself have been playing. I’ve been asking the manager lots of questions on how he feels I can improve my game in that position and feel like I’m definitely improving.’