Chilwell admits he’s working hard to improve as a left wing-back

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Ben Chilwell has had to fight for his place since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea boss.

Tuchel has deployed a 3-4-2-1 formation since his appointment in January, and Chelsea are yet to taste defeat since then.

This now means that Chelsea deploy wing-backs rather than the usual fullbacks, and for Chilwell, it’s the first time in his life he has played in that role.

Marcos Alonso is well suited to a left wing-back role, and it has reduced Chilwell’s playing time for Chelsea, as he has only featured in 7 of the 14 games under Tuchel.

Chilwell has now revealed how he’s working hard in training and asking questions, to get more insights on the new position.

“My whole career I’ve been more used to playing left-back than left wing-back, but the formation we are playing suits a lot of players and it’s working very well for us at the moment,” said the 24-year-old.

“If I want to play, then I have to adapt my game to be able to play left wing-back as well as left-back. I’m working hard in training, and coming into games I’m asking a lot of questions where I can be positionally to improve so I can get more opportunities to play in that role.

“When you’re playing wing-back you’re already a lot higher up the pitch, whereas at left-back you’re running on to things and using your speed to get up and down the pitch, which is my strength.

“At left wing-back you’re predominantly in the attacking third, which I’ve had to adapt to,’ added Chilwell.

“Against Sheffield United I got a dubious goal and an assist so on the attacking side of things I showed I can play there as well as left-back.

“On the other side of things, when you’ve got two or three good players in each position that have different strengths it makes everyone train harder. That creates a good buzz around the place.”

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