Nathan Ake was used sparingly by Antonio Conte, as he made only five appearances for Chelsea during the concluded campaign.
The highlight of his five appearances for Chelsea was the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, when Gary Cahill’s absence through illness provided an unexpected opportunity.
Ake had a good performance in that game and won the hearts of Chelsea fans afterwards.
He spoke to the Guardian in an interview and revealed what it was like playing in that game.
“I got thrown in and you’re starting against Tottenham, one of the best teams in the country, and it’s the semi-final of the FA Cup, so this was a test and I think it went quite well,” Aké says.
“The manager told me before: ‘You need to know I trust you 100%.’ That gives you confidence. I played last season a couple of times against big teams, so I knew I had the level to do it.”